Understanding a dementia diagnosis can help us to support our loved one or help us to educate our loved ones in our own journey through dementia. Education of the stages of dementia can help us to plan and to take out some of the unknown.
EARLY STAGE : Early dementia is usually mild. Expect growing forgetfulness, confusion, and difficulty with complex tasks. Use this time to help independence last as long as possible and to plan ahead together for the future.
MID-STAGE : In mid-stage dementia, previously manageable tasks become more difficult. Be proactive and maintain a safe environment. Accidents, injuries, and infections are serious threats to a dementia patient; you can avoid these with attention and care.
LATE STAGE : While we think of dementia mainly as a memory problem, late-stage dementia also affects the body. Advanced dementia patients and families find great support in our around-the-clock personalized care. The smaller community size and home-like environment at New Haven greatly benefits those in need of additional protection and attention.
Does everyone go through the stages the same?
The simple answer is no. It is important to know the typical behaviors and symptoms we usually see with dementia and to work with your health care professional through the stages. Each person will go through a unique journey as with any diagnosis. It is important to have a great team to support you through the process.
New Haven is here to help. A dementia diagnosis affects the whole family. Make sure that self-care and emotional support for family caregivers is part of your dementia treatment plan. Look for support groups, respite care, and other proactive ways to reduce the emotional toll of caregiving. With skilled and loving care, a senior can still enjoy happy, fulfilled, and healthy years after a diagnosis of dementia.