Stages and Symptoms of Dementia

As with many diseases and disorders, Dementia has various stages and with those stages come the symptoms that are identifiable to anyone working with seniors (or others with Dementia as the ages are lowering in certain circumstances). Caretakers should certainly be aware of the stages and symptoms and take note accordingly.

  • Early Stage
    • Symptoms include:
      • Memory Loss (People begin to lose their memory at about age 25!)
      • Difficulty following directions
      • Difficulty handling money
      • Difficulty driving a car
      • Changes in mood
      • Poor judgment
      • Poor concentration
      • Middle Stage
        • Symptoms include:
          • Memory Loss
          • Difficulty writing and/or speaking
          • Disorientation to place and/or time
          • Difficulty performing activities of daily living
          • Suspicion and paranoia
          • Agitation
          • Wandering
          • Rummaging
          • Late Stage
            • Symptoms include:
              • Unable to communicate with words
              • Needs total assistance with activities of daily living
              • Ambulation issues; often immobile

In the first two stages, in-home caregivers will still be able to help the seniors or those dealing with Dementia. It is not easy by any means, but it is still doable.

It is when the senior enters Late Stage Dementia that other professionals (such as Hospice) should be called in – unless the caregiver is a trained nurse or doctor. The person or persons caring for an individual with advanced symptoms have to be medically aware of what is to come.

With Age Comes Respect and with it we are seeing more and more issues in which to deal with. As my dad once stated to me, medicine is helping people live longer, just not necessarily better. It is therefore, a caretaker’s responsibility to help bring care and dignity back into the lives of the elderly!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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