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The Three Stages of Dementia

marketivity('39','pagetrack',0,0);Dementia: The Three Stages and What to Expect Studies show that dementia has progressed in three stages. The stages are early, middle and late-stage dementia. It is vital to be familiar with what is typical at each stage, so caregivers will understand what to expect and be ready to meet the most urgent needs of their loved one as the disease advances. Early Dementia Early dementia can be described as a stage in which the person is starting to show signs of a loss of mental acuities, such as a poor memory or inability to do tasks they once found easy. At this stage, they are still able to function more or less independently. It is important to note that many things, such as medications, stress and a lack of sleep, can all affect our memories, s...

Pet-care and plant-care signs it might be time for assisted living | Special Touch Living

marketivity('45','pagetrack',0,0); 8. Pet-care and plant-care signs it might be time for assisted living | Special Touch Living Be sure to check out how the other living things are faring. An ability to take care of pets and plants goes along with self-care. Look for: Plants that are dying. Most of us have seen plants go brown sometimes. Keep an eye out for chronic neglect, especially in a former plant-lover's home. Animals neglect.  Common problems: dogs with long nails, cat litter box that has not been changed lately, or lifeless fish in the fish tank. Poor grooming, overfeeding, and underfeeding are other red flags. Kirt Eure  Articles  Warning Signs | Close up Signs | Social Signs ...

Kitchen Signs for Assisted Living Home | Special Touch Living

marketivity('49','pagetrack',0,0);6. Kitchen Signs for Assisted Living Home | Special Touch Living Go throughout your loved ones kitchen, from to cupboards to oven. Because people spend so much time in this room, you can learn a lot. Look for: Stale or expired foods. We all buy more than we need. Refrigerator Look for signs that food is not only old but that this is overlooked -- mold, sour milk that's still used, or expiration dates well past due, for example. Numerous of the same items. Ten bottles of ketchup? More cereal than can be eaten in a year? Multiples often reveal that the shopper can't remember from one store trip to the next what's in stock at home. Frozen TV dinners. Your loved one may purchase them for convenience sake, but frozen dinners tend not to ...

Driving signs that its time for residential assisted living | Special Touch Living

marketivity('51','pagetrack',0,0);5. Driving signs that its time for residential assisted living  Our lively hood often depends on the ability to drive (or the arrangement of alternate transportation options). If your loved one is still driving, take a ride with them and Look for: Scratches and dents on the car. Notice the car body as you get in and out of your loved one’s car. If there is damage marks, scratches or dents on the car then it may be a good time to start looking for residential assisted living. Fastens his or her seatbelt. Even people with mild dementia usually follow the basics of driving. It's worrisome if he or she is forgetting this step.  Easily distracted. Is your loved one turning off the radio for no reason? Are they unwilling to engage in con...

Money signs that its time for residential assisted living | Special Touch Living

marketivity('53','pagetrack',0,0); 4. Money Signs That Its Time for Residential Assisted Living   Does your loved one's mail become overlooked?  If so that’s a clue to how he or she is managing money, which is a early warning sign of cognitive trouble. Here’s what to look for: Piles of mail in various places. Finding heaps of mail spread around raises concern about how bills, insurance, and other matters are being managed. Unopened personal mail. If you notice unopened mail just sitting around the house, then might be time for you to consider a residential assisted living home.  A residential assisted living home will insure that the your loved one’s mail will not be lost or misplaced. ...

Social signs that it might be time for residential assisted living

marketivity('55','pagetrack',0,0); Think reasonably about your loved ones social interaction. Look for: Signs of active friendships. Does your loved still go with their friends or do they still visit with family members or neighbors, or participate in religious activities or other events? Does he or she talk about others or keep a calendar of appointments? Lack of companionship is associated with depression and heart problems in older adults. If friends have died or moved away consider a residential assisted living home. Decrease in activities and interests. Has your loved one stopped takingOK interest in their favorite past time activates? Have they canceled their memberships? There are several reasons seniors cut back, but when they drop out of...