Grace House of Windham is purposely designed to be a safe environment for the memory impaired. Our high staff to resident ratio, which is better than any other facility in the area, allows proper time to care for our residents who have Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. All of our residents are treated with care, respect, and dignity, all the time.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory, judgment, decision making, the ability to carry out simple daily tasks, and language. Most of the time symptoms start to appear after age 60.
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
The stages of Alzheimer’s disease provide a useful timeframe of how the disease may unfold. Please note that not everyone will experience the same symptoms or develop the disease at the same rate.
- Stage 1: Normal Function
No memory problems: mentally healthy and normal.
- Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline (normal age forgetfulness)
More than half of the population over the age of 65 experience cognitive or functional difficulties, such as forgetting familiar names, where they put their keys or wallets, or other objects. These problems are not yet apparent to doctors, friends, or family.
- Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline
In stage 3, Early stage Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed in some individuals with these symptoms. Friends and family begin to notice deficiencies with memory loss and concentration. Some common difficulties include word or name finding, less of an ability to remember names when meeting new people, job performance, retaining little information when reading, and misplacing everyday objects.
- Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline (mild or early stage Alzheimer’s)
Symptoms of impairment become much more obvious in this stage. Functional capabilities, such as writing the correct date or amount on a check, may become difficult. Also, memory of personal history declines and the individual may seem withdrawn.
- Stage 5: Moderate Alzheimer’s disease
At this stage, individuals can no longer manage on their own. Assistance with regular day to day tasks becomes necessary. Individuals may not be able to recall their own address or telephone number. They also may become confused about where they are or what day of the week it is. However, at this stage the individual usually retains knowledge about themselves such can recall their name and the names of their children and typically don’t require assistance with eating or using the bathroom.
- Stage 6: Moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease
At this stage memory difficulties continue to worsen. Significant personality changes may also develop, causing individuals to need extensive help with normal everyday activities.
- Stage 7: Severe or late-stage Alzheimer’s disease
This is the final stage of the disease. Individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, the ability to speak, and are unable to control their movements. Individuals also lose the ability to walk without assistance, sit up without support, and the ability to hold their own head up. Reflexes also become abnormal and muscles grow stiff.