The 3-Stage Model of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Care Dallas

One of the most important parts of developing an Alzheimer’s care plan is understanding how the disease progresses. If your loved one has been diagnosed with the disease, knowing what to expect at each stage will help you decide now how you will cope when he or she needs continuous care. The 3-stage model of Alzheimer’s breaks the disease down into three distinct parts with unique symptoms and care needs. Your loved one’s doctor can help you identify the stage he or she is currently in and recognize the signs of transition from one stage to the next.

Stage 1
Stage one of Alzheimer’s disease involves mild symptoms that may not be immediately recognized as Alzheimer’s. These symptoms include short-term memory loss and problems with speech and language comprehension. Mood swings, depression, and apathy are common, as are minor issues with coordination. At this stage, your loved one may need reminders for his or her daily routine, and some usual activities, like driving, may become difficult. This stage typically lasts for two to four years.

Stage 2
During stage 2, your loved one will no longer be able to compensate for his or her symptoms. Memory loss will intensify and affect both short- and long-term memories. He or she may struggle to recognize family members and friends, and become confused about time and place. Sleep disturbances and increased mood swings are likely, and delusions and uninhibited behavior may occur. Coordination may be impacted by rigidity and tremors. Stage 2 can last for two to 10 years.

Stage 3
Alzheimer’s symptoms are severe during stage 3. Your loved one may experience complete loss of verbal skills and have problems with swallowing, behavior, hallucinations, and delirium. At this stage, which can last for one to three years, your loved one will need continuous care in an Alzheimer’s assisted living center.

At Avalon Memory Care, our home-like, secure residences provide comprehensive memory care and bedside care for Alzheimer’s patients in Garland and 20 locations across DFW. To find out how we can help your family member with Alzheimer’s, please call (214) 752-7050.