When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s
natural to have many questions about what to expect. Although there is
no cure for Alzheimer’s, the disease progresses in stages, and you
will still be able to enjoy special times with your loved one. When he
or she requires more care than you can provide,
specialized home care in Philadelphia can help you meet the care needs. Here is a look at what you can expect
when someone you love has Alzheimer’s disease.
Mild Changes and Decline
early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you won’t notice any changes in your loved one at all, and the
disease will only be identifiable on a PET scan. Subtle symptoms, such
as forgetting words or losing things, are next to develop. Over time,
these symptoms will become more pronounced and mental decline will become
evident. At this stage, your loved one may have difficulty with short
term memory and may ask the same questions repeatedly. He or she may also
have difficulty making plans. In addition to arranging home care as needed,
you can help your loved one make decisions about his or her affairs during
At this point, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become pronounced.
Your loved one may no longer remember his or her address or phone number
and will have difficulty keeping track of time. He or she may not be able
to choose clothing that is appropriate for the season and may need home
care for help with things like dressing and hygiene.
At this point in the illness, your loved one will need help eating, drinking,
and using the bathroom. He or she will be unable to remember names and
may have delusions. However, companionship is still important, and you
can connect with your loved one by sharing music, reading to him or her,
or providing meals. Care is demanding at this stage, but respite care can help.
Do you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
Home Helpers can assist your family as you provide care for your loved
one with Alzheimer’s disease. To learn about our
Care Check system, Total Care plan, and more, call (888) 627-6047.