Understanding the Stages of Memory Loss
By determining how much your loved one’s memory loss has progressed, you can help them look into short and long-term care options in McKinney, Allen, Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas in Collin County, TX that can help them manage their dementia
When families need to make a series of care decisions for a senior loved one who is showing signs of rapid memory loss, it is very important to understand the stages they are about to go through. Ultimately, by having a clearer picture of future changes in behavior and cognitive abilities, you can choose the best long-term care option for your mom or dad.
This categorization is based on the most commonly used Reisberg Scale, also known as Global Deterioration Scale.
Stage 1: Normal/No Cognitive Decline
In this stage, a person is able to function normally, has no memory loss whatsoever, and is completely mentally healthy.
Stage 2: Very Mild Forgetfulness
The second stage is associated with common, age-related forgetfulness. A senior may temporarily forget where they left some object or have a hard time remembering names. Other than that, the symptoms of dementia are still not evident in stage 2.
Stage 3: Mild Cognitive Impairment
By this point, the symptoms of dementia start to appear and are more noticeable to those who are in regular contact with the person. While they can still be fairly independent and able to get through their daily routine at home, there can be high levels of forgetfulness, evident loss of concentration, and anxiety accompanied by confusion.
Initial testing typically occurs in this stage, so make sure your family member gets tested if you notice anything unusual in their behavior.
Stage 4: Moderate Dementia
Those in stage 4 find it very hard to perform even simple tasks like shopping, preparing meals, cleaning, and therefore require some form of assistance. Issues with forgetfulness intensify and speech impairments begin to surface. Many seniors wish to withdraw from regular social situations while some can even show denial about their mental faculties.
Stage 5: Moderately Severe Dementia
When a senior enters stage 5, they will most likely need some type of long-term care to get them through the day. Most people show the inability to recall important events or basic information such as phone numbers, home address, or what school they attended. An individual in this stage will have great difficulties maintaining an independent lifestyle.
Stage 6: Severe Dementia
Receiving full-time, long-term care is a must for most seniors with severe dementia. Older adults in this stage need ample assistance with numerous activities of daily living. Safety issues are quite common in stage 6, as many seniors are prone to wandering or getting lost. They can also forget the names of their kids, grandkids, friends, and close relatives, and become paranoid and very hostile.
Stage 7: Very Severe Dementia
As the final stage of dementia approaches, moving, eating and talking become nearly impossible for those afflicted with the condition. Even trained long-term care providers can have difficulties with properly addressing the needs of the patient at this phase.
Identifying the symptoms can help with early detection, which is key to managing dementia. What is more, early detection will also give you time to thoroughly prepare your approach to caring for your loved one.
Visiting Angels McKinney has provided quality dementia care throughout Collin County for over a decade. We can help your loved one get the support they need with everyday tasks, managing their symptoms and helping them stay safe and comfortable at home.
Call our McKinney, TX office to learn more.