Understanding the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

July 15, 2018 | BY PHS Staff

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating ailment. At Preferred HealthStaff, we do everything we can to prepare our patients and their family members for this disease. While Alzheimer’s disease can be one problem that seems like too much to deal with, knowing more about the stages of it can help. Learning about this disease, how it progresses, and how to best deal with it is the knowledge we need to triumph in the face of this debilitating ailment.

Mild Decline

This could be the first time that something is wrong. Maybe a senior is just misplacing things or struggling with particular memories. As time goes on though, friends and family members could start recognizing more memory issues. At this point, a physician may be able to determine a larger problem. A patient that’s unable to remember the names of new people or unable to find the right word during a conversation may be in this stage.

Moderate Decline

At this point, memory loss problems have become more apparent. A patient won’t just have issues with the names of acquaintances. They might also struggle with simple math problems. They may have a hard time remembering some major and minor details about their lives. They could also struggle with their finances or their short term memory. At this point, a patient may need some serious help.

Serious Decline

At this stage, many Alzheimer’s patients end up needing assistance with day to day activities. They can experience major confusion with basic tasks. They may not remember their phone number. They could be unaware of their current environment. They even might not be able to dress themselves appropriately. After these symptoms crop up, they may need constant supervision.

Severe Decline

At this point, a patient may experience significant confusion in a wide range of scenarios. Patients will have a hard time remembering even personal information, like a phone number. They may have issues dressing correctly and they could even have problems when it comes to other social events.

At this point more severe personality changes are a possibility. Confusion about their environment is common, whether they’re at home or in an assisted living facility. They might even struggle to recognize the faces of close relatives and friends. Wandering is also a common problem to deal with. A patient in this stage could wander off and run into issues.

Extremely Severe Decline

This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease. At this point a patient is going to die and there’s not much else to be done. Patients may lose the ability to communicate or respond to any kind of stimuli. They don’t fully understand their condition and need to be assisted by medical staff at every turn. At a certain point, they may even lose their ability to swallow. That’s why medical staff at our establishment work hard to keep these people as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.