The Stages of Alzheimer’s
- Sometimes they have trouble speaking the correct words or finishing a sentence.
- The repeat themselves often.
- They often forget conversations, appointments and events that happened right after they occur.
- Problems with writing and thinking of what to say when writing.
- It becomes difficult to use a telephone or remote control.
- They need reminders for daily activities.
- It becomes difficult to handle their finances and deal with mail.
- They may experience mood swings and even character changes.
- They may get lost walking or driving even close to home.
Middle stage symptoms
- They have more trouble in doing small routine things
- Their forgetfulness increases their difficulty in handling their daily life which increases their stress.
- Confused speech, confusion about time and place and events are more common.
- They tend to get confused in familiar settings, putting things away in the wrong places.
- Many patients suffer from disrupted sleep patterns as well as behavioral issues.
- They are most likely to be affected by Sundowner’s during this stage.
- The majority of patients will have emotional/behavioral problems that worsen when they are stressed.
- Walking becomes more difficult as mobility is affected. You may see stiffness, shaking, and lack of desire to be up and around.
- They may grow paranoid.
- They often grow confused, thinking themselves in their past–often childhood.
- They don’t recognize familiar people including their spouse and children.
- They have increased difficulty speaking, and sometimes are nearly unable to speak.
- They can’t care for themselves, and need help dressing and with personal care, etc.
- They need regular reminders to eat or possibly assistance eating.
- Walking becomes more difficult and tentative which increases falls.
- They often become immobile or wheelchair bound.
- Trouble swallowing may Increase risk of choking.
- They usually become incontinent and more susceptible to infections.