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Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



Alzheimer’s Saga: Being a Stranger in Your Own Home

Nov 29th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the more insidious and troubling conditions facing many families today. Less discomfiting than Alzheimer’s, dementia has enough of its own characteristics and challenges to create stress in any family. Whatever the experience, increasingly these conditions affect the individual in ways that distance him or her from the family, to the point of not knowing names, being unable to recall any common experiences, and of course, in the case of Alzheimer’s, complete loss of memory for ordinary activity, e.g. eating, finding one’s way around in their home, and so on.

For those caring for the patient, it may feel very much like you are a stranger in your own home as well. If you are not known to the loved one who is stricken with Alzheimer’s, how utterly isolating and alienating that feels. The