There are seven stages of Alzheimers in elder care management.
Stage 1 The person does not exhibit any dementia impairment and can't be diagnosed by a doctor.
Stage 2 The person appears to have some memory lapses that appear to be age related normal memory loss. A physician and family or friends would not notice any impairment.
Stage 3 There may be trouble with remembering names, people,the right words to say and planning or carrying out plans. There might be greater difficulty with work and social settings, losing and misplacing objects and a doctor might be able to recognize these symptoms.
Stage 4 There should be obvious dementia problems that a doctor can access. These may include: Forgetfulness of recent events, difficulty counting backwards, paying bills, planning dinner for guests, forgetting parts of ones own history, being moody, and withdrawn.
Stage 5 Alzheimers memory gaps are noticeable. Assistance is needed for daily routines such as bathing and getting dressed. There is confusion about where they are or what day it is, losing recall of their address, phone number and other personal information. Eating and toilet assistance is not needed yet.
Stage 6 Severe cognitive decline that includes worsening memory, need for extensive help with daily activities. Awareness of recent experiences are gone, ability to remember their own name is gone, and great difficulty with their own history, restless sleep patterns, clothing mistakes such as wearing shoes on wrong feet or wearing bedtime clothes over their day clothes,toileting assistance is required, bladder and bowel control is diminished or gone, hand wringing or other repetitive behavior and the person may become lost or wander.
Stage 7 The final stage consists of very severe cognitive decline where the person loses the ability to respond to conversation, their surroundings, may mumble meaningless words and phrases and forget how to control movement.
In the final stage of Alzheimer, the person will need to be monitored day and night for wandering that might include attempting to "escape" the building. Personal care such as eating and using the toilet have to be prompted or done for them. Muscles, reflexes and the ability to smile are usually gone or on their way out. Swallowing becomes difficult.
If you have a loved one who is in the middle to latter stages of Alzheimers, you might need help with their care. There are many trained caregiver nurses available to assist you either full time or part time.
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