The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which characterize the typical symptoms experienced as the disease progresses. In the early stages, the symptoms are primarily related to memory; mild confusion and forgetfulness are typical. As the disease progresses; however, the symptoms grow more severe and significantly interfere with a person’s ability to care for him or herself. During these advanced stages, a greater degree of Alzheimer’s care is required.
Stage Five Symptoms
Stage five Alzheimer’s disease is considered to be the mid-stage, which is characterized by a moderately severe decline in cognitive function. At this stage, a person may still remember significant information about their lives, such as the names of close family members. However, confusion becomes increasingly severe; a person may become confused about what day it is, and he or she may be unable to remember his or her address and phone number. The individual’s skill level with simple arithmetic also declines. At stage five, a person is typically still able to self-feed and self-toilet.
Stage Six Symptoms
Stage six, which is considered to be severe cognitive decline, is characterized by an increased need for assisted living care. The resident may require assistance with toileting and dressing, for example. Short-term memory continues to decline and an individual also has trouble remembering personal history. You might notice that although your loved one recognizes your face, he or she may be unable to recall your name. At this stage, sleeping disturbances, personality and behavioral changes, and wandering problems become common.
Stage Seven Symptoms
During stage seven, or late-stage Alzheimer’s, a resident requires assistance with most of their daily routines. They may be unable to sit without support and they may have trouble swallowing. While a person may be able to speak words and phrases, carrying on a conversation is unlikely.
At Avalon Residential Care Homes, your loved one will received expert and loving Alzheimer’s care. We provide a safe and supportive environment for those with Alzheimer’s disease, with a unique schedule of activities to promote wellness. For more information or to arrange a visit at one of our Dallas/Fort Worth locations, call us at (214) 752-7050.