What are the different stages of Dementia?
Stages are divided generally into early, moderate and advanced stage, although no system is perfect and the stages can overlap.
Mild or Early Stage
Early symptoms can include a mild decline in thinking and forgetfulness. General forgetfulness is common as we all get older but in dementia this happens with increased frequency. Performing certain tasks such as paying bills may become a problem. Small changed in personality may also become apparent.
At this stage, a person with dementia may start to realize that something is not quite right. Many people may live in denial for years.
Symptoms become more difficult to hide as the condition progresses. People may begin to stop attending to their personal self care and grooming. Memory loss may increase and family members may notice an increase in personality changes. Increased confusion and even fear may become more noticeable, with even signs of paranoia becoming evident. The person may also begin to suffer from disturbed sleep patterns.
As dementia progresses, it can significantly impair a person’s memory and ability to function in day to day life. Late-stage dementia may include increasing inability to communicate, walk and may lead to incontinence. At this stage, the person will usually need full-time personal care – help with eating, bathing, dressing and general help in daily life.
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