Alzheimer’s Care

The right decision for the parent that has Alzheimer’s takes planning ahead by exploring the appropriate living arrangements. Finding the right care can be an extremely challenging experience for families. The correct level of care, location and budget all need to be carefully considered.

Alzheimer’s disease progresses differently in each person who has it. Not everyone will have every symptom. The symptoms may occur at various times in different individuals. Since Alzheimer’s disease can last as long as 20 years it can be helpful to look at it in terms of stages. Knowing the stages can help give you a general idea of what to expect and how to provide the correct Alzheimer’s care.

Each of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease for the senior may bring about changes in everyday activities, behavior and mood, and cognition (memory and thinking).

Mild or Early Stages

Most people at this stage can still manage many of their daily activities themselves, but some seniors may need assistance or support to stay organized.

Possible Changes

Everyday activities

Having trouble carrying tasks that require multiple steps, like balancing a checkbook or following a recipe Getting lost, even in familiar places Spending less time doing favorite hobbies Behavior and Mood Feeling sad, depressed or anxious Avoiding social situations, even with family members Cognition – memory and thinking Having trouble remembering appointments, people’s names or things that happened recently Losing or misplacing items Having trouble finding words when speaking Steps the person with Alzheimer’s disease and the care partner can take Ask a trusted friend or family member to help manage money Write reminders in the same place, such as a calendar or notepad and look at them often

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