6.0 Early-, Middle-, and Late-Stage Caregiving

The way people experience dementia depends on their physical characteristics, emotional fortitude, and level of assistance available. Understanding dementia in terms of stages can be helpful.
Still, it is essential to remember that not everyone with dementia will have all of these symptoms and that this is merely a general description of how the disease progresses.
Some symptoms can manifest at any stage; for instance, a behavior listed as occurring in the late stage can also manifest in the middle stage. Additionally, carers must be aware that brief lucid intervals can happen anytime.
The following describes the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in its early, middle, and late stages and how a caregiver can provide support accordingly.

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