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Dementia - Symptoms and Care

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Wisdom of the Ages

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Start the morning off by brightening your whiteboard/noticeboard.

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Alzheimers Disease- Middle Stages

At mid stage Dementia, the gaps in cognitive ability are very pronounced, and patients will have been diagnosed by now.

 

Middle Stages...

  • Major gaps in memory and deficits in cognitive function emerge. Some assistance with day-to-day activities becomes essential. At this stage, individuals may:
  • Be unable during a medical interview to recall such important details as their current address, their telephone number or the name of the high school from attended
  • Become confused about where they are or about the date, day of the week, or season
  • Have trouble with less challenging mental arithmetic; for example, counting backward from 40 by 4s or from 20 by 2s
  • Need help choosing proper clothing for the season or the occasion
  • Usually retain substantial knowledge about themselves and know their own name and the names of their spouse or children
  • Usually require no assistance with eating or using the toilet

Dementia - Late Stage

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Alzheimers Disease - Late Stages

Late Stages...

This is the final stage of the disease when individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, the ability to speak and, ultimately, the ability to control movement
  • Frequently individuals lose their capacity for recognizable speech, although words or phrases may occasionally be uttered
  • Individuals need help with eating and toileting and there is general incontinence of urine
  • Individuals lose the ability to walk without assistance, then the ability to sit without support, the ability to smile, and the ability to hold their head up. Reflexes become abnormal and muscles grow rigid. Swallowing is impaired.

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