The Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease in Seniors

By Doris Kasold, 9:00 am on

It’s necessary, but never easy, to learn more about Alzheimer’s progression in a senior loved one. The Alzheimer’s Association uses seven stages to help people better understand the progression of the disease. Here, Tampa Home Care Assistance offers a slightly simplified version to help family members and caregivers know what to expect as they continue to care for their loved one.

Before Diagnosis
Your elderly relative might not experience any cognitive or memory problems, even though physical changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer’s are occurring. Eventually, there will be some forgetfulness, which could be early signs of Alzheimer’s, but could also be due to normal aging. This is why is it so difficult to identify Alzheimer’s this early.

Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
He or she might forget recent events and have difficulty with ordinary but slightly complex tasks, such as paying bills. Tasks that are very important to them, such as feeding a pet, may be repeated over and over. They can seem moody or withdrawn and have difficulty concentrating. Doctors are able to make a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease through questioning and cognitive task assessment.

Middle-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
The memory problems are obvious to others, as are the difficulties in thinking. He or she may become confused about their surroundings and will need help with certain activities that require decision making, such as picking out which clothes to wear. There may be personality changes, and the person may wander or become lost at this stage.

Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease
He or she has difficulty interacting with their environment and struggles to participate in conversation. Help is required for personal needs, which will eventually include eating and going to the toilet. In the final stages, it becomes difficult to control movement and to sit upright unaided, though they may still speak in short phrases.

As a leading provider of senior home care, Home Care Assistance Tampa understands the challenges associated with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and the amount of patience, compassion, and selflessness every Alzheimer’s caregiver possesses. If your senior loved one needs Alzheimer’s home care in Tampa, let Home Care Assistance provide the solution. In addition to their unwavering compassion, our caregivers are highly-trained and thoroughly vetted before employment. Call a Care Manager at (727) 330-7862 to learn more about the services available and to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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