Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases are common and challenging conditions that can affect seniors as they age. At Jaybird Senior Living, we are dedicated to providing support and information for seniors, their families, and caregivers. In this article, we will provide a clear overview of Alzheimer’s disease specifically, including its symptoms and stages.
Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disorder that impacts memory, thinking, and behavior. It’s the most common type of dementia, marked by the buildup of atypical protein deposits in the brain. This buildup causes a decline in thinking abilities and memory loss, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Memory Loss: Individuals may forget recent events, names, and appointments.
- Cognitive Decline: Thinking, reasoning, and decision-making abilities are affected.
- Language Difficulties: Finding the right words to express themselves becomes challenging.
- Disorientation: People may become confused in familiar settings and lose track of time.
- Changes in Behavior and Mood: Alzheimer’s can lead to mood swings, agitation, and irritability.
- Decline in Motor Skills: Tasks like dressing and walking may become more difficult.
- Loss of Independence: Eventually, individuals may need constant care.
Alzheimer’s typically advances through stages:
- Early Stage: At this point, individuals have mild memory problems but can still handle daily tasks on their own.
- Middle Stage: In this stage, cognitive decline becomes increasingly noticeable, and individuals start to rely on help for their everyday activities.
- Late Stage: During the late stage, individuals become highly dependent on others for care. They often struggle with communication and recognizing familiar things and people.
In Our Communities
At Jaybird Senior Living, we understand the unique challenges Alzheimer’s presents to our residents and their families. Our dedicated teams have the experience to provide the best possible care for individuals affected by memory loss. Explore the memory care options available across our portfolio of Midwest communities, where your loved ones can receive the support and assistance they need to lead a fulfilling life.