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The Stages of Alzheimer's and the Caregiver's Role

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Mild Alzheimer's disease (early stage AD)


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Some of these can be signs of normal aging


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The first stage of AD is the time for acceptance and planning


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Caregiver may have to take the lead


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Moderate Alzheimer's disease (middle-stage AD)


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Moderate Alzheimer's disease (middle-stage AD), continued


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Caregiver will need education about the disease and how to provide help


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Caregiver will need further support in person and online


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Late stage Alzheimer’s disease is the precursor to death


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Late-stage caregivers need respite care and assistance


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Grieving is a process but bright spots do exist


Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack

@mindingourelder

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who spent more than two decades caring for a total of seven elders. This experience provided her with her foundation upon which she built her reputation as a columnist, author, blogger, and consultant. Carol is as passionate about supporting caregivers work through the diverse challenges in their often confusing role as she is about preserving the dignity of the person needing care. Find out much more about Carol at www.mindingourelders.com.

Carol also serves on HealthCentral’s Health Advocates Advisory Board.