Alzheimer's 101: Signs, Symptoms and Stages

Do you have a loved one you believe may have Alzheimer’s disease? Or has a loved one recently been diagnosed, leaving you with a desire to learn more so you can provide the best care and support possible? If so, knowing the signs, symptoms and stages can help you significantly in your journey. Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association®, is a type of dementia that causes an array of problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. “Alzheimer’s disease most often affects seniors,” according to Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood, “but it also affects those who are younger in a form called early-onset Alzheimer’s. Symptoms can appear mild during the early stages, making it crucial to really know what you are looking for so you can talk to your loved one’s doctor and come up with a care plan.

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people believe that memory loss is a normal sign of aging, and while short-term memory lapses can be, bigger memory issues are not. There are many signs that indicate Alzheimer’s disease may be affecting your loved one, including some of the following:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or problem-solving
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing items and being unable to retrace steps
  8. Poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from friends, family or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you begin to notice any of these signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, talk to your loved one’s doctor because they can help to diagnose your loved one, come up with a plan or determine if these issues could be a side effect from another illness or medication. This can also help them to diagnose what stage your loved one could be in if it is Alzheimer’s disease. This is important because each stage comes with its own trials and difficulties and knowing this information can help you find ways to assist your loved one while getting ahead on what to expect.

Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

There are three stages of Alzheimer’s disease, early-stage, middle-stage and late-stage Alzheimer’s. In each stage, you could expect to find different symptoms. Here are some of them, broken down by stage: Early Stage In the early stages, your loved one may have problems coming up with the right word or name of an item, remembering the names of new people, forgetting what was just read or told to them, losing items and planning or organizing events or routines. Middle Stage The middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease can last for years. The symptoms from above begin to get worse and they may also begin to have difficulty performing tasks like paying bills, recalling past addresses or phone numbers, knowing what day or time it is or forgetting their own past. Your loved one may have changes in behaviors and sleep patterns and may begin wandering. Late Stage In late-stage Alzheimer’s your loved one will need around-the-clock assistance, have difficulty communicating and have changes in physical abilities such as walking, sitting and swallowing. To learn more about the signs, symptoms and stages of Alzheimer’s disease, contact our team. We would be happy to share information, give advice and provide assistance and support. Simply give us a call today at 352-358-1952.

Designed for You. Defined by You.

YourLife™ of Wildwood provides the most exceptional Memory Care and uplifting lifestyle for our residents. In fact, we were created with that one purpose in mind. Each day, we focus all our energy, attention and resources to creating an environment that caters to each resident’s personal needs, choices and individuality, while ensuring unequaled peace of mind and dedicated support for families. At YourLife™ of Wildwood, we have the ability to design and personally tailor plans around our residents thanks to our sole focus on memory care. We understand that everyone has their own story, specific needs and retained abilities, so we develop personally inspired care plans that help to enhance and support each person’s independence while enriching their days. To ensure further peace of mind, our team of YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide assistance with everyday activities, gentle reminders and redirection. With our signature YourStory programming, we not only personalize memory care, but we are able to create an individual experience centered around each resident. From cultural, educational and wellness programming to scheduled outings and other special events, to personal care, assistance and multiple therapies, we create days with meaning. At YourLife™ of Wildwood, our residents and their families know that this is a community designed for you, with a lifestyle defined by you. Contact us to learn more! Call us at ​352-358-1952 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.