Is someone you love exhibiting signs of forgetfulness or memory loss? You may wonder whether they have dementia. The condition poses many challenges for the senior themselves as well as friends and family. It significantly changes the caregiving landscape and means that they need more help than usual with daily tasks.
Dementia can cause mood swings, irritability, distress and other emotional disorders. Because of this, it’s very important to get the help the senior needs as soon as possible. That, in turn, means recognizing the stages of dementia. Let’s talk about that today.
Dementia is sometimes a confusing topic. That’s because this umbrella term encompasses so many different symptoms and stages of life.
People with dementia may be mildly forgetful. Or they may be completely unable to take care of themselves. In either case, the main characteristic of dementia is a decline in mental faculties. This decline makes it increasingly difficult for a person to take care of everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is the one with which most people are most familiar. However, Alzheimer’s is not the only form of dementia. Some are so mild you may not even notice them, even if you are the one suffering. Others are so significant that they post dangers not only to the senior themselves but to others with whom they come in contact. For instance, other drivers may not realize they are sharing the road with a driver whose safe driving days are long past.
Dementia is a problem in the part of the brain that controls language, thoughts, and memory. If any of these aspects are affected, the person probably has some stage of dementia. The question becomes, what stage? Let’s take a look at that below.
According to Dementia Care Central, there are seven stages of dementia. In the first three stages, the person does not technically have dementia. Stage 4 is early-stage, while stages 5 and 6 are mid-stage. Stage 7 is late stage. It is when the person is in severe cognitive decline. At that point, they are no longer able to do almost any activity for themselves. Let’s look at each of these stages a little more closely:
As you might imagine, the stage of dementia significantly changes the requirements for care. In the first few years, the elderly person may only need a little bit of help taking care of daily tasks or getting too appointments. Later on, they may become a full -time job for their caregiver. This is frequently an untenable task for children and loved ones to take on.
That’s why it’s so important to understand how dementia changes the caregiving landscape, and what to do about it.
Dementia causes a variety of behaviors that may seem confusing, but that actually makes sense in the context of the disease. As a small sampling, consider:
Such characteristics make the senior more difficult to deal with than usual. Even if you have the patience of a saint, you may not know how to interact with the person effectively. If you want to ensure a good quality of life for them, you need professional help from someone who has experience with dementia specifically.
Finding the right caregiver is not as simple as finding someone who has worked with forgetful patients before. Dementia is frustrating, and people who suffer from it are often difficult to work with. If you do not partner with a compassionate care company, you may not be happy with the treatment your elderly loved one receives. Don’t let that happen when you could instead help.
Are you ready to help a senior suffering from dementia get the help they need to live a quality life until the end of their days? You need professional caregiving services. When you have help providing the care your loved one needs, not only do both of you have better lives, but you can maintain stronger relationships. Let Celestial Care provide that for you by giving us a call at 602-375-8880 or reaching out through our website today.