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The 7 Stages Of Alzheimer Disease

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Alzheimer's disease is progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle - aged individuals, but usually occurs in individuals that are about 60 to 65 years old or older. Early or younger onset Alzheimers can occur in individuals aged about 40 - 65. Disease is due to generalized deterioration of brain function related to plaques that develop in brain tissue. The cause of Alzheimer's is unknown. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of premature senility. In 214, as many as 5 million Americans aged 65 and older had Alzheimer's and approximately 200 000 individuals have younger or early onset Alzheimer's disease. Statisticians predict by 2060 about 14 million people will have Alzheimer's disease. Stage 4 of Global Deterioration Scale of Alzheimer's disease, term moderate decline, like the third stage, involves worsening of conditions seen in previous stages. For example, memory loss and memory deficits have become more prominent and difficulties with complex actions have become more obvious. Other examples of symptoms of the fourth stage of Alzheimer's disease include: difficulties with complex actions cannot plan ahead easily. Mood changes and / or mood swings may become depressed, may become withdrawn from social contacts may shun challenging situations since the above problems become prominent and mood swings are usually out of character for individual,s This is the stage when most people have their doctors diagnose them with Alzheimer's disease.

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Severe Alzheimers

During the final stage of Alzheimers, person will lose the ability to perform basic functions such as swallowing, walking, sitting up, using restroom and communicating. A person will need around - clock care and attention to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Alzheimer is a daunting diagnosis, but by better understanding what you can expect from the disease, you can lessen anxiety surrounding the future and create a more comfortable environment for people living with the disease. Learn more about symptoms of Alzheimers and treatment available at Baptist Health, how you can help family members who have Alzheimers, and the exceptional care available to patients at Ginny and Bob Shell Alzheimers Center.

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Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Early signs of Alzheimer's disease may not be obvious to anyone except people with disease and people closest to them. Even then, symptoms may be confused with normal changes that come with age. To make diagnosis, healthcare providers usually do interviews that use several types of tests to find out how well a person's brain is working. These are often memory tests. They may seem like puzzles or word games. Healthcare providers might also take health history and order some tests to check for other possible causes of memory loss or confusion. These tests may include brain scans, such as CT, MRI, or PET scans. A provider might talk with family members about symptoms they have notice.

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Stages of Dementia

Eventually, caregiving for someone with Dementia wo be appropriate anymore. The needs of people with progressive Dementia become overwhelming, and moving into full - time residence with trained staff becomes necessary. You should plan for this well before it becomes necessary, by visiting communities and asking the right questions. Depending on your loved one stage of illness, different living options are available: assist Living in Early Stages assist Living residences combine room and board with medical and personal care, and are often sufficient for someone in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related Dementia. Full - time supervision means residents are safe, with living units like private studios or apartments, so someone with mild Dementia can still feel a sense of independence. Services offered in Assisted Living include meals, help with activities of daily living, social activities, and transportation to and from doctors appointments. Before moving in, residence will assess your loved one to make sure it is a good fit. Memory Care in Middle to Late Stages Some assist living residences offer memory care, also called Special Care Units or Alzheimers Care Units. Memory Care is better for someone in the Middle Stages of Dementia, when independence has become more difficult or even impossible. Memory Care can be wing or special section of Assisted Living, or there are stand - alone memory Care Homes. These are more appropriate for people past earliest stages because staff is trained specifically to communicate with and care for people whose needs are particular to Dementia. Speaking with someone who has Dementia requires careful technique. Similarly, activities for people with Dementia are more considerate of participants ' ability to function and understand. Memory Care residences have physical designs that are appropriate for people with Dementia. Someone with Alzheimers, for instance, may become upset when encountering a wall, so memory Care buildings have circular hallways. Because people with Dementia are prone to wonder memory care residences have increased security and supervision, and special locks on doors. Nursing Homes Nursing Homes are appropriate for someone with Dementia if there are other medical considerations, like if your loved one needs full - time nursing care, needs medical devices like tubes to breathe or eat, or cannot walk. Nursing Homes are not ideal for someone with advanced Dementia unless there are those other medical considerations. Consider that these residences are staffed with trained nurses whose expertise is administering healthcare, while training for staff in Assisted Living with memory Care is specifically to deal with issues related to Dementia, like how to communicate when a resident is feeling depressed or withdrawn, and how to encourage socialization. Memory care, therefore, is usually the best option.

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Assistive Technology by Stage

Pill boxes to manage medications do have to be complex in early stages, but are good idea to know that your loved one is taking the right medicine AT right time. Automatic stove / oven turn offs will help when your loved one leaves the stove on. This seems like an absent - mind mistake AT first, but it will be more common that task is started and not finish. With turn offs, your loved one is safer making simple mistakes. Appliances use monitors to let concerned friends or family track whether person with dementia has turned off the oven, coffee maker, or any other electronic device. Monitors are cheap and easy - to - use, plugging a device into an outlet and then sending a signal to your smartphone if it is on for too long. You can even turn off appliances remotely. Object locators or key finders help with inevitable forgetfulness that many people in early stages experience. A small beeper attaches to frequently lost item, like a TV remote or eyeglasses, and chirps signal whenever you press button on the locator. These often cost around 20. Medication dispensers become more complex deeper into dementia you get. For someone WHO is out of the middle stages, it is a good idea to invest in a high - tech dispenser that sounds alarm and provides correct dosage when it is time to take certain medicines. These can cost from 60 to hundreds of dollars. Stove knob cover prevents people from using the stove. Person with slightly more advanced dementia may be in danger of causing accidents like fire if theyre are allowed to cook. Clocks for people with dementia have special features that specifically address issues like disorientation, where person becomes confused about time of day. Dementia clocks have large, bright numbers and actually say Morning or Afternoon. Staying aware of the time of day can help someone maintain bodily rhythms and sleep better. These cost about 40 and up. Medical alerts, also know as Personal Emergency Response Systems, are worn clipped to clothing or on lanyard and have button that easily call for medical help. These are useful for someone AT risk of falling, or WHO might wander and become lose. Alerts often have GPS tracking. Costs vary, and some medical alerts include subscriptions to security services. Talking about photo albums can help someone WHO is losing track of people and names in their family. Pictures in albums are set next to buttons that play pre - record messages explaining WHO or what is in the image.


Early symptoms

Dementia often, but not always, starts with a mild decline in ability to think. For example, person may forget recent conversation or the name of a familiar object. Keep in mind that everyone has moments in which something gets stuck on the tip of their tongue. Dementia goes beyond this. Moments such as these happen with increased frequency, though they may not initially reduce the quality of life or people's ability to function on a day - to - day basis. Early symptoms may also include decreased ability to perform certain tasks, such as paying bills or following recipe. People close to individuals with dementia may also notice subtle changes in personality. At this stage, person with dementia may start to realize that something is not right but may choose to hide their symptoms. Some types of dementia may affect language, while others affect memory or movement. It is easiest to distinguish types in their early stages.

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Preclinical Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease begins long before any symptoms become apparent. This stage is called preclinical Alzheimer's disease, and it's usually identified only in research settings. You won't notice symptoms during this stage, nor will those around you. This stage of Alzheimer's can last for years, possibly even decades. Although you won't notice any changes, new imaging technologies can now identify deposits of protein called amyloid - beta that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. The ability to identify these early deposits may be especially important for clinical trials and in future as new treatments are developed for Alzheimer's disease. Additional biomarkers measures that can indicate increased risk of disease have been identified for Alzheimer's disease. These biomarkers can be used to support diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, typically after symptoms appear. Genetic tests can also tell you if you have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease, particularly early - onset Alzheimer's disease. These tests aren't recommended for everyone, but you and your doctor can discuss whether genetic testing might be beneficial for you. As with newer imaging techniques, biomarkers and genetic tests will become more important as new treatments for Alzheimer's disease are develop.

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