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Alzheimer's is a memory loss condition that is the only leading cause of death without a cure or prevention. In the United States, 5 million people have Alzheimer's or dementia, and 15 million more are caregivers. Learn more about what you can do to spot the signs and provide support.

Symptoms Of Alzheimer's

There are three stages of Alzheimer's – early, middle, and late – and symptoms vary.

Early-stage symptoms include:

  • Forgetfulness or memory loss
  • Inability to learn or try new things
  • Repetitive statements or questions

Middle stage symptoms:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble with speech
  • Trouble sleeping

Late-stage symptoms:

  • Increased short- and long-term memory loss
  • Difficulty moving without assistance
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Loss of speech

Providing Care Through The Stages of Alzheimer's

Providing effective memory loss care is not a solo mission. It takes you, your family and friends, and professional staff to provide comfortable care for your loved one.

During early-stage Alzheimer's, people may complete their daily tasks independently. Plan for financial and legal matters. Talk to your loved one about what they need help with, and work out a system to know when you should step in. Be patient as they cope with their diagnosis.

The middle stage often produces an increased difficulty completing tasks. You may have to help someone dress and feed themselves. The loss of independence can be difficult. Calmly responding to repeated questions is essential. Post written reminders around their space to help them remember tasks.

Individuals with late-stage Alzheimer's require full-time care. Your loved one may lose the ability to express themselves, so sensory interaction through touch, sight, and hearing is helpful. Assisted living facilities offer memory care units with specialized care, including feeding, medication, and therapy.

Transitioning To Long-Term Care

Discuss possible long-term care during the early stages of Alzheimer's. Make sure the staff at the assisted living facility know the details of your loved one's condition and their medication. Moving into a new space can produce agitation and anxiety. Add familiar belongings and pictures to make their new space feel familiar.

Follow their regular routine during the move and get going during their best time of day. Let the staff help with your departure and visit regularly. It will take some time for your loved one to get accustomed to their new surroundings.

Embassy Healthcare offers dementia care to ensure the safety, security, and wellness of our residents. Call 888-975-1379 or contact us online for more information.