Identifying and Understanding Alzheimers Stages
Alzheimer's Disease changes a person as the disease progresses.
Medical experts identified the different characteristics of the illness
as it progresses and categorized it into 3 main sections. They refer to these sections as Alzheimers stages. The stages are early, middle,
and late. Understanding the different stages of Alzheimer's Disease
will help family members best meet the needs of their loved one with Alzheimer's Disease.
Alzheimer's Disease can sneak up on families who are unfamiliar with the warning signs. If you are concerned that a family member may be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's Disease, please review the warning signs. There are treatments available to help slow the disease process and the sooner they are started the better the results.
In the Alzheimers stage classified as early, the changes are subtle and may be contributed to the aging process. It is often in this stage the initial diagnosis is made. If family members are aware of the signs which may suggest
the early stage of the disease,
they are more apt to make a doctor's appointment for confirmation of their fears.
The middle stage of Alzheimer's Disease
is probably the most difficult for family members. This is where the behaviors begin to occur. There are many different behaviors which may arise such as wandering, paranoia, aggressiveness, incontinence, insomnia, and anorexia just to name a few. Each person with the disease is different. Some people will only have a few of the behaviors whereas others seem to have every behavior imagined.
The later stage of Alzheimer's
is the most physically demanding for the family. It is in this stage that complete care is usually required. The person in this stage may be chair or bedridden and unable to participate in any activities of daily living. They are unaware of bowel and bladder functions. They often do not remember how to feed themselves and will need to be fed every meal. Communication skills are almost completely gone. It is often at this stage when the caregiver can no longer do this alone. This may be the time for long term care if there is not any outside help for the caregiver.
Alzheimers Stages Home Page
Alzheimers Early Stage
Alzheimers Middle Stage
Alzheimers Late Stage