What are the different stages of dementia?
There are 3 stages for the progression of dementia.
In the mild stage, person with dementia may need assistance in their instrumental activities of daily living such as managing finances, paying bills, marketing, operating complex appliances. They may lose track of time and events.
In the moderate stage, person with dementia may need assistance in the basic assistance of daily living such as showering, toileting, personal hygiene and grooming, and occasional urine and bowel incontinence. Sometimes they may experience certain behaviours such as withdrawn, irritability, agitation, wandering and get lost.
In the severe stage, person with dementia may be totally dependent on care giver to provide personal care such as showering, going to toilet and eating. Person with dementia may be talking less and eventually lead to mutism.
What are the differences between dementia and forgetfulness or senility?
Many people often confuse dementia with senility or forgetfulness. Senility is similar to dementia in the sense they both have to do with degradation of the brain and can include memory loss and changes in personality. However, dementia is far more serious than senility.
Dementia reduces a person’s ability to care for themselves and refers to much more severe cognitive decline.