Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that changes someone you love into a person who is unrecognizable.  This disease can come on suddenly and progress differently in each person. One day, your loved one may seem perfectly fine, and the next day, the disease is taking over. Despite the fact that the pace of the disease may differ in each patient, they will all go through the same stages. As you work to help and care for your loved one in Wisconsin, it is important to understand how this disease progresses through the stages so you can be ready for what comes next as far as care needs.

The Alzheimer’s Association explains the first stages of Alzheimer’s may often be misunderstood as other health conditions. Your loved one will probably be able to function as normal with little to no issues. He or she may start finding things more challenging and tasks he or she has done forever suddenly become confusing. They may also seem more forgetful or seem like they cannot seem to find the right words.

As the disease progresses to the next stage, you will notice it more and it will have a bigger impact on your loved one. At the moderate stage, your loved one may have trouble with daily tasks and his or her memory may be fading about past events and details. The person, at this point, may start getting angry or upset about forgetting things. They may start having physical effects, such as loss of bladder control or sleep issues. You may also notice the person zoning out and seeming to be unaware of his or her surroundings. Safety becomes a concern at point, and the person needs constant care.

The late stage of Alzheimer’s disease is when the person really declines. He or she may have trouble communicating at all. Memory is significantly impacted and cognitive skills are also deteriorating. At this point, due to the mental strain of the disease, the person will not be able to safely live alone or care for him or herself. Physically, you may also see a decline.

This information is for education and is not legal advice.