Early Stages of Alzheimers
Early Stages of Alzheimers
The early stages of Alzheimers are some of the most crucial and important periods that the family members of Alzheimers patients need to be mindful of. While there is no definitive classification as to which period is considered early and which ones can be classified as late, there is consensus on the progression of the illness. This progression flows from no impairment, to very severe decline. In between are 5 different stages categorizing the varying degrees of severity of the Alzheimers symptoms that affects any specific patient.
The important thing to remember is that there is no standard by which Alzheimers disease progresses from one stage to another. The rates can be different between patients and is affected by a variety of factors including genetics, lifestyle, and risk factors for cognitive impairment. Overall, many doctors would argue that the cut-off for the early stages of Alzheimers happens right around “Stage 4” or moderate decline, and drastically swings for the worst shortly after.
The importance of knowing the onset of the early stages of Alzheimers, therefore, boils down to making the necessary preparations to cater to the condition as well as embracing methods that may help arrest the progress to some degree. For the latter, doctors advice memory and cognitive exercises on a daily basis in order to keep the brain constantly active and engaged helping to deter the condition from progressing. Likewise, doctors may also recommend participating in clinical trials for new drugs that may ultimately lead to the cure of Alzheimers.
Until then, preparing for the inevitable might be the biggest crux and burden that emphasizes the necessity of monitoring the progress through the early stages of Alzheimers. Enlistment to a retirement home or an Alzheimers care facility can be made as early as years before. Getting a qualified medical professional to look after the patient at this stage is also a recommendation that has to be seriously considered. Moreover, full-proofing one’s home for Alzheimer’s patients can be a significant step to help mitigate the impacts of the illness in its early stages. Purchasing tags or sensors for patients, for example, can be a valuable first step to making sure that the effects of the condition are kept in check even in its early stages.
Completing the cycle is being able to talk to the patient to explain to them the progression of the disease as it makes its inevitable advance. Most patients who are first diagnosed with Alzheimers will be afraid for themselves and their loved ones. Getting counseling for these concerns will help put everyone’s mind at ease. Getting in touch with other people who are also suffering from the same situation may help a family and the patient make more sense of the situation knowing they are not alone in their struggles.
No doubt, going through the early stages of Alzheimers is a painstaking process for everyone. The ability to prepare beforehand can go a long way in helping everyone ease towards the situation, gradually accepting what’s going to happen, and making all the preparations and arrangements to arrest the pain that comes with it. It is never easy, but at the very least it is not sudden and immediate. In the few precious years before late stage Alzheimers sets in, one can do a lot more to bring the family together making loving memories and happy times that no amount of illness and disorder can erase. In that, there is plenty to be optimistic for.