Alzheimer’s Care

Understanding Alzheimer’s care. What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, an irreversible and progressive disease that impairs memory, behavior and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is marked by a buildup of protein plaques in the brain and brain cells that become tangled and misshapen. These tangles and plaques cause brain cells to die. Over time, the brain shrinks and the patient’s need for quality care increases proportionately.

Disease Stages

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that accounts for up to 75% of dementia cases. It starts with memory loss and subtle changes to personality and can progress to destroying the brain’s ability to keep the body functioning. The most commonly accepted model of Alzheimer’s disease includes five stages:

Stage I – Preclinical Alzheimer’s: This stage can begin years before disease symptoms become readily apparent. During this stage, the brain begins to develop changes that are the first indication of Alzheimer’s.
Stage II – Mild cognitive impairment (MCI): At this stage, people may have difficulty remembering conversations or recent events, and judgment begins to become impaired.
Stage III- Mild dementia: Symptoms include continued loss of memory, difficulty with complex tasks and personality changes.
Stage IV – Moderate dementia: Performing regular tasks like personal care activities becomes difficult or impossible, and significant changes in behavior and personality occur.
Stage V – Severe dementia: Patients lose the ability to communicate clearly and physical impairment may be significant and include visual and auditory processing, task sequencing, verbal processing, swallowing and more. Eventually, the disease destroys the brain’s ability to keep the body functioning.

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know how devastating it can be to watch them try to cope and adjust each day. You also know how challenging it can become to provide them with the care they need, especially as the disease progresses and their needs become more persistent.

Why Windsor Gardens?

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Assessment Ensures the Right Fit

The best way to evaluate a memory care community is to schedule a tour.

Once you’ve visited Windsor Gardens and have decided to begin the admission process, one of our qualified assessors will meet your loved one in person to assess their individual needs and determine the perfect level of care.