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Home Care Services and the Stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Home Care Services and the Stages of Alzheimer’s disease

In many cases, home care is needed for care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease when safety of the loved one comes into question, and self-care abilities decline. The stages below provide an overall idea of how abilities change once symptoms appear, and should only be used as a general guide.   The stages are separated into three different categories: Mild or early Alzheimer’s disease, Moderate Alzheimer’s disease, and Severe or late Alzheimer’s disease. Be aware that it may be difficult to place a person with Alzheimer’s in a specific stage as stages may overlap. The stages of Alzheimer’s are helpful in finding the words to discuss Alzheimer’s. Caregivers find them particularly useful in support groups, as well as in conversations with doctors and other professionals. Mild or early stage Alzheimer’s In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work, and be part of social activities. In the early Alzheimer’s stage, people may experience: Memory loss for recent events,and repeatedly ask the same question. Difficulty with problem-solving, complex tasks and sound judgments.Planning a family event, keeping score in a game, or balancing a chequebook may become overwhelming. Changes in personality.People may become subdued or withdrawn — especially in socially challenging situations — or show uncharacteristic irritability or anger. Decreased attention span and reduced motivation to complete tasks also are common. Difficulty organizing and expressing thoughts. Getting lost or misplacing belongings. Confusion of where things belong is possible (e.g. may put a towel in the fridge) Early stage Alzheimer’s and home care services Families with loved ones in early stage Alzheimer’s...
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