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Helping a Parent Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Those who have Alzheimer's disease have various needs that need to be met. The needs change from one stage of this disease to the next. As they progress through the disease, their caregivers will need to educate themselves on what changes need to be made. If you are caring for a senior loved one, you can learn more about the stages of Alzheimer’s disease today.

Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

The first stage of this disease usually lasts between 2 to 4 years. The person with this disease is often still independent and they don’t need all that much supervision. They may not even need outside care such as home care at this point. In many cases, this person can still attend events, drive, and perform their daily activities.

However, they may forget certain words and need some reminders to help with their memory. This person may need help with organization, medication management, money management, keeping their appointments, and utilizing coping tips to maintain their independence. At this point, it is helpful to make plans for care in the future.

Middle Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

This stage of Alzheimer’s disease generally lasts between 2 to 10 years. At this point, the person may need more care than they originally needed. Their memory is greatly impacted and they may start forgetting faces of their loved ones. They may even get lost going places they were once familiar with, as well. On some days or times, their behavior may become erratic. You might seem them display signs of aggression, too. They may even have issues with coordination and physical movements.

At this stage, this person may need daily living activity assistance, such as help eating or dressing. They might need reminders about what is appropriate and they need routines. They also need consistent caregivers or elderly care providers, as well.

Late Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

This stage generally lasts between 1 to 3 or more years. At this point, this person needs around-the-clock care and supervision. They may become extremely confused when talking about past and present situations. They may not be able to process information and may even have a tough time communicating. Their mood and behavior will become severely unpredictable. They may have delusions or hallucinations, as well.

While it may not be what everyone is ready for, at this point, this person may need around-the-clock elderly care to help with the progression of their disease.

Are you taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you concerned that one of your aging parents is getting this disease? Now, you have a better idea of the progression of this disease and what each one of the stages looks like. At this point, you can decide what type of care your loved one needs and what needs to be done in the future, too.

Sources
https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/stages

If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring elderly care in Suwanee, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.