We know it is devastating to have your loved one receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. While it’s a lot to process, please take comfort in the fact that there are a lot of resources to help you understand the disease as well as high-quality care options.
One good resource for information and support is the Alzheimer’s Association website. Not only do they discuss the disease and publish results of the latest research, but they also link you to the numerous ways you can take action in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
To get educated on the disease, you may want to read about the stages of Alzheimer’s so you know what to expect. The Alzheimer’s Association says the disease “typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage).” However each person is different and so is the progression of the disease.
In the early-stage of the disease, a person is typically still independent and engaged in normal life activities but is starting to have memory lapses including forgetting familiar words and the location of everyday objects. In addition, family members are starting to be aware there are problems.
The middle-stage of Alzheimer’s is generally the longest and can last for years. During this stage, a person requires much more care to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Anger, frustration and a greater depth of forgetfulness are indicative of this phase. In the late-stage, a person loses all sense of their environment and the ability to communicate, walk, sit and, eventually, swallow. Extensive round-the-clock care is required.
For families in our area, MorningStar at Arcadia is ready to help. Our Phoenix senior living community includes 30 secure suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care of residents with memory impairment. Our Reflections Neighborhood is designed to care for those in the early-stage of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia right through to the most advanced stages. Please visit our website to learn more.
MorningStar at Arcadia’s unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior communities. Committed to creating a true home for residents within a gorgeous setting, our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve. We invite you to schedule a visit to learn more about our exceptional Phoenix senior living community.