Stages of Dementia and Introducing Dementia Aids

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, around 850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK alone. Contrary to popular belief, dementia affects everyone both young and old. Although modern medicine is yet to understand how to prevent or delay dementia, we can help those suffering from the condition through introducing dementia aids.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the term ascribed to a set of symptoms affecting the brain such as memory loss, difficulty solving problems and hallucinations. The onset of dementia is caused by diseases, predominantly Alzheimer’s, attacking the brain. As dementia is a progressive illness, over time, you can expect a person with dementia to experience all of the 7 stages of dementia.

The 7 Stages of Dementia

The 7 stages of dementia make up the Global Deterioration Scale for Assessment of Primary Degenerative Dementia (GDS). This scale helps health professionals determine how far a person’s dementia has progressed in order to prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

Stage 1

A person who exhibits no sign of cognitive decline.

Stage 2

A person who experiences ‘normal’ forgetfulness as a result of aging.

Stage 3

A person who has:

  • increased forgetfulness
  • difficulty concentrating
  • decreased work performance

Stage 4

A person who begins withdrawing from friends and family and has:

  • great difficulty concentrating
  • decreased memory of recent events
  • trouble completing complex tasks
  • difficulty socialising

Stage 5

A person who has:

  • major difficulty completing day-to-day tasks
  • severe memory loss (forgetting their phone number, the time of day and their address)

Stage 6

A person who has:

  • very severe memory loss (forgetting the names of close family members and considerable portions of their life)
  • difficulty counting down from 10 and finishing tasks
  • incontinence
  • trouble speaking
  • hallucinations
  • personality changes

Stage 7

A person who has:

  • lost the ability to speak and communicate
  • lost their psychomotor skills

How do Dementia Aids Help?

Looking after someone with dementia can be a difficult and at times frustrating task. To help alleviate the pressure placed on loved-ones and carers, Beaucare supplies a range of dementia aids. These aids are designed to help people throughout their battle with the condition.

During stages 2-3, where a person’s memory begins to fade, dry wipe dementia reminder frames act as a visual prompt to help avoid the frustration that comes hand-in-hand with a poorer memory.

At stage 5, introducing a day/night wall clock can help to improve orientation by providing a clear indication of the date and time of day.

In the latter stages of dementia, where a person may have to enter a care home, memory boxes full of pictures and trinkets which reflect the owner’s life can help to encourage communication and trigger memory.

Memory Boxes

If someone you love has dementia and you need a helping hand, browse our range of dementia equipment or contact a member of our experienced team for advice.