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May 15, 2018

What Can You Expect During the Early Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Learning that you’re aging loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease puts you at the beginning of a progressive journey that will define the rest of your care with them. One of the most important things to understand at the time of diagnosis is your parents current stage.

Alzheimer’s disease progresses in three basic stages, with the first stage and being the mildest. By knowing what stage your parent is in you can best understand the symptoms that they might experience and devise the appropriate level of care and management for them.

If your aging parent is still in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, also referred to as mild Alzheimer’s disease, they may still be largely independent. The challenges that they experience related to their Alzheimer’s may be barely noticeable and could require only mild support and assistance.

Some things that you can expect during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Difficulty finding the right word during conversations
  • Trouble remembering names after meeting new people
  • Increased difficulty with familiar tasks in their daily life, particularly work or leisure tasks
  • Experiencing a more difficult time retaining information after reading materials
  • Challenges with organization or planning
  • Losing or misplacing items more frequently, or placing items in unusual places

Though your parent’s challenges might not be extreme at this time, it does not mean that they do not need care. The early stage is the ideal time to start planning your care for your parent and ensuring that both of you are ready for the progression ahead. This can include starting home health care, considering when they might transition into your home, and discussing end-of-life plans.

Starting home health care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them in the course of your caregiver journey with them. Whether your parent has only minor to moderate needs or requires constant support and assistance, a home health care services provider can be with your parent to ensure that they get access to exactly what they need.

This will allow them to manage their challenges, limitations, and needs in the ways that are right for them while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver, this can give you tremendous peace of mind and reassure you that even when you are unable to be with your parent, they are still getting the best level of care and support.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Grayslake IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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