Someone in stages 1-3 does not typically exhibit enough symptoms for a dementia diagnosis. By the time a diagnosis has been made, a dementia patient is typically in stage 4 or beyond. Stage 4 is considered “early dementia,” stages 5 and 6 are considered “middle dementia,” and stage 7 is considered “late dementia.”
Dementia occurs due to physical changes in the brain and is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse over time. For some people, dementia progresses rapidly, while it takes years to reach an advanced stage for others.
Most cases of sudden confusion and rapidly progressing dementia in an elderly person are due to delirium caused by infection. Urinary infections and pneumonia can trigger acute confusion that comes on quickly, causing people to be incoherent, muddled and disorientated.
Life expectancy is less if the person is diagnosed in their 80s or 90s. A few people with Alzheimer's live for longer, sometimes for 15 or even 20 years.
If you feel that while you would prefer to keep your loved one at home, you are not able to give them a good quality of life, it would be a good time to consider a nursing home. Nursing homes can offer a customized treatment program, a healthy diet, 24-hour support and supervision, and social activities.
One dementia home care benefit is the fact that home care is much safer than a care home. Research proves there are a third as many falls for dementia patients, helping reduce the risk of serious injury and hospital admissions.
Where is the best place for someone with dementia?
Apr 30, 2021
The middle stages of dementia are when anger and aggression are most likely to start occurring as symptoms, along with other worrying habits like wandering, hoarding, and compulsive behaviors that may seem unusual.
Does someone with dementia know they have it? Families often ask “are dementia patients aware of their condition?” In some cases, the short answer is no, they're not aware they have dementia or Alzheimer's.
Although incontinence typically occurs in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer's, every situation is unique. The following tips can help caregivers of people living with Alzheimer's who are experiencing incontinence. Bladder and bowel accidents can be embarrassing. Find ways to preserve dignity.
A person with dementia may want to 'go home' because of feelings of anxiety, insecurity, depression or fear. Is the person with dementia happy or unhappy now? If they are unhappy, it may be possible to discover why. If they cannot tell you why, perhaps a member of the staff or another resident knows why.
Living Alone with Dementia
Mar 18, 2021
When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss. And it does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently.
Dementia patients who are mean and aggressive are most likely feeling fear, anger and embarrassment because they have been asked to use skills that they no longer have. When they fail, they may lash out at us.
Many people affected by dementia are concerned that they may inherit or pass on dementia. The majority of dementia is not inherited by children and grandchildren. In rarer types of dementia there may be a strong genetic link, but these are only a tiny proportion of overall cases of dementia.
Here are some things to remember not to say to someone with dementia, and what you can say instead.
Ten Tips for Communicating with a Person with Dementia
Signs of late-stage dementia
Sep 3, 2021
Lying, or untruths, may occur at any stage of dementia, but this symptom generally is more common among seniors with mid- to late-stage dementia and can worsen as the disease progresses.