Anyone can be a little forgetful at times. But if you care for a senior, it’s best to monitor their behavior and be mindful of the signs of dementia. When you begin to identify the stages of dementia, it’s easier to help with dementia prevention and slow its progression.
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. We can better care for our elderly loved ones by understanding dementia and helping them maintain their memory health.
“Dementia” is a term used to describe the general decline in mental ability. The mental ability decline is so severe, it actually affects the daily lives of those suffering from the disease. Because dementia is not a specific disease, various types of dementia occur. Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly known type of dementia.
Symptoms vary from person to person. Here are some of the most common:
The progression of dementia worsens further down the road. Because the early progression is slow, the beginning stages of dementia often get brushed off.
As mentioned previously, the progression of dementia starts off slow. The first stage of dementia has the following symptoms:
People living with dementia in this stage can still function independently, but they do experience memory lapses in their daily life. Common characteristics of this stage include:
During this stage of dementia, patients may require assistance, due to an inability to complete regular daily activities. Characteristics of moderate dementia include:
Severe dementia introduces the full decline of functionality. Patients may experience the loss of some physical capabilities once the diseases progresses to this stage. Further characteristics of severe dementia include:
Is your elderly loved one suffering from severe dementia and needs full assistance? We can help care for them. At Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, we have full caregiver assistance and elderly care programs for Alzheimer’s patients. Visit us today for a tour of our center!