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Dementia can be a long-ranging disease, with many patients enduring the condition for years. Each stage of dementia comes with its own set of symptoms and challenges, and the disorder’s fickle nature can be confusing for both patients and their caregivers. Here’s what to expect as your loved one’s dementia begins to progress and how you can help.

Early Stages

In the early stages of dementia, your loved one may exhibit symptoms like forgetfulness, trouble learning new skills, difficulty concentrating or keeping up with conversations, moodiness, apathy, depression, and coordination impairment. Patients in the early stages of dementia are often able to remain fairly self-sufficient and are usually aware of what is happening to them. Every patient’s progression is different, so be on the lookout for new or worsening symptoms. Your loved one may want to begin thinking about making arrangements for future memory support care. If possible, take the time to discuss this topic with your loved one. In addition to helping them feel more in control of the situation, you can be sure that you are following their wishes after they can no longer care for themselves.

Middle Stages

As dementia progresses into the middle stages, symptoms may become noticeably more exacerbated, but many individuals will still retain a semblance of self-awareness. Unlike the early stages, your loved one will begin to need more help taking care of themselves and their home on a daily basis. You can help your loved one by keeping track of their medical requirements, including prescriptions, dental care, and appointments.

Late Stages

The late stages of dementia are typically the most severe. Patients with advanced dementia will most likely have trouble recognizing their surroundings and taking in or remembering new information. They may also lose their ability to speak coherently, and most will need personal care around the clock. This can be a challenging stage, but you can help your loved one maintain their quality of life by remaining as supportive and understanding as possible. Each patient’s journey with dementia is unique, and your loved one’s symptoms may vary in intensity or duration. If you can remain patient and empathetic, it will be much easier to navigate the difficulties of dementia.

When to Consider Memory Care

It may be difficult to think about, but there comes a time in every patient’s journey when memory support care will become necessary. If your loved one has not discussed memory care with you before they enter the late stages of dementia, you may wish to consider the possibility once they need a level of care that you cannot provide. This may include the administration of special medical treatments or 24 hour a day, around the clock dementia care. A committed memory care community can provide your loved one with a better quality of life and ensure that they receive the care they deserve.

Contact The Artesian of Ojai

At The Artesian of Ojai, you can rest assured that your loved one living with dementia is receiving the best possible memory care. For more information about our memory support care or to schedule a tour of our beautiful community, send us a message here.