Resources Dementia Stages


DEMENTIA STAGES
EARLY, MIDDLE, LATE

EARLY STAGE-1st Stage
MIDDLE STAGE 2nd Stage
LATE STAGE-3rd Stage
  • Lasts 2-4 years
  • Judgement decreases
  • Repeats things words & actions
  • Recent memory loss
  • Progressive forgetfulness
  • Loss of Spontaneity
  • Too easily confused
  • Personality changes
  • Gets disorientated (time & place)
  • Less outgoing
  • Lasts 2-12 years-(Longest Stage)
  • Increased memory loss- Hard to recognize family and friends.
  • Some muscle twitching and jerking
  • Can’t retain new experiences
  • Gets lost and wanderers.
  • Irritable, suspicious, anxious, catastrophic reactions and sleep disturbances begin
  • Restless- mostly late afternoon and evening
  • Hard to think
  • Vocabulary decreases
  • Confusing speech
  • Can’t read.
  • Needs more and more supervision
  • Hallucinates
  • Needs help with personal care, eating, bathing, toiling, etc
  • Lasts 1-3 years and ends in death
  • Increased need for oral stimulation-Hard to swallow
  • Severe weight loss
  • Loss of speech
  • Needs to sleep more & more, coma.
  • Inability to perform any self-care, incontinence.
  • Total dependency
  • Extremely irritable
  • Inability to walk, sit-up
  • Unable to recognize self & others.

 

Dementia-

  • Try to perform and stay alert
  • Recent and remote memory impaired
  • Very difficult to think and reason-gets worse
  • Onset slow and hard to pinpoint
  • Lasts months to years-Rest of their life
  • No cures-wont get better
  • Symptoms usually progressive-Long term
  • Caused by brain cells being destroyed by disease or injury
  • Person often tries to hide symptoms.

Source:Dementia Speacilty Training Course

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