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The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Home Care Huntersville NC

Home Care Huntersville NCIn the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, it may be difficult to recognize any problems in the elder’s cognitive abilities. However, as the disease progresses, you will begin to notice significant changes in their ability to communicate, think for themselves, and even care for themselves. A home care provider is often needed during the later stages in order to provide around-the clock care.

As terrified as you may be to see your loved one go through these changes, knowing as much as you can about the various stages will ensure that you understand what to expect for each stage.

Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

During this stage, the elder can most likely continue to be independent, doing a majority of their everyday tasks alone. The only thing you may begin to notice is a slight problem with their memory, like misplacing an item they use frequently or forgetting words in everyday conversations.

Other problems they may experience include:

Difficulty remembering the names of people they were just introduced to
Trouble accomplishing tasks in social or work settings
Forgetting the material of something they just read
Problems with planning or organizing
Frequently losing or misplacing valuable items

Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

This is the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease and can last for years before it progresses into the later stage of the disease. Your loved one will have more trouble using the correct words when speaking and may become increasingly agitated or angry for no apparent reason. Their personal care may also take a hit, as they may refuse to bathe or take care of their appearance like they should.

Other symptoms are:

Becoming forgetful over events that took place in their own history
Becoming moody or withdrawn, especially in social or mentally challenging situations
Inability to remember their own phone number or address
Confused over the date and where they are
Unable to dress themselves appropriately for the season
Sleep problems, like sleeping all day or unable to sleep at night
Beginning to wander and become lost
Changes in their personality and behavior, such as becoming delusional or suspicious

Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

This stage is the final and most serious of Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one will no longer be able to express their feelings and thoughts, they will have increased memory and cognitive problems, and their personality will continue to change.

Other symptoms include:

Needing around-the-clock care
Unaware of recent experiences or their surroundings
Changes in physical abilities, like swallowing, walking, and sitting
Becoming vulnerable to infections, such as pneumonia

Source: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_of_alzheimers.asp

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Home Care Services in Huntersville NC, please call the caring staff at BlueDot Cares today, (704) 586-9248.

Kevin Bilderback

CEO and President at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times (http://www.inc.com/profile/bluedot-medical).Kevin attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

For more information on Kevin and BlueDot, please visit his LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bilderback-1bb3326)