When an individual is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that means that they are now dealing with a form of dementia. As Alzheimer’s is one of the most common form of dementia (loss of mental skill). Alzheimer’s affects an individual’s brain as it interferes with one’s ability to learn also causing memory loss and loss of other intellectual abilities that over time it will interfere with one being able to care for themselves and affects one ability to accomplish activities of daily living. Making it the sixth leading cause of death due in part to the fact that at this time it cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. With medication all it can do at this time is ease the symptoms of the disease but it will still continue to progress.
Alzheimer’s progresses through a seven stage process:
Very mild cognitive decline - Medical test would not confirm Alzheimer’s but the person has started to notice some forgetfulness
Mild cognitive decline – Family, friends and co-workers could start noticing that the patient is having difficulties with certain things such as memory, performing task or misplacing of items
Moderate decline – At this point a medical review could be able to diagnose the condition due to the individual’s inability to remember recent events, has difficulty performing complex task or has become moody or withdrawn and sometimes become suspicious of people
Moderately severe decline – At this stage memory and thinking are affected to the point that the individual now requires some care due to their inability to fully care for themselves though they can still perform some task of daily living
Severe decline – The individual would have difficulty with awareness, differentiating between faces and cannot perform activities of daily living requiring definite assistance
Very severe decline – At this stage the individual is not capable of responding to their environment, can’t hold a conversation and would have a lot of difficulties with mobility, eating, etc…
For people with Alzheimer’s one must fully understand the disease and how it affects individuals. Our team of caregiver’s are provided training in Alzheimer’s and its changes during its stages to maximize safe and secure care for the patient to preserve their quality of life with dignity and comfort.
Tips to improve their quality of life as they now experience more through their senses:
Play music that they enjoyed
Look at old photos together
Prepare one of their favorite meals
Rub lotion on them with a favorite scent
Call us today (718) 364-7251 regardless of the stage of the disease to begin care with compassion and dignity.