You won’t notice any changes at all in this stage. It’s working behind the scenes setting the stage for its attack. You wouldn’t be able to diagnose.
Stage 5 is when you may need to come up with alternative housing options or homecare. The person will begin to need help with daily activities. They may forget where they are and they will have longer gaps of memory loss. It can sometimes be frightening, but you must stay calm. It’s not always easy, but if you stay calm it will resonate off of you onto them.
Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Confusion and agitation worse in the late afternoon and evening, or as the sun goes down. Symptoms are less pronounced earlier in the day. Sundowning most often affects people who have mid-stage and advanced dementia. HEALTHLINE.COM
Alzheimer’s Disease is a slow and gradual disease lasting anywhere from 8 to 10 years or even longer. My mother was first diagnosed in 2011 but looking back there was signs way before then. It’s easy to see looking back, but when you’re in the moment of doing for them and running your kids to practices you either don’t see or you ignore it until you no longer can. Unfortunately, in too many cases, you’re faced with an emergency situation that will leave you feeling scared, angry, and more scared. It would be better to have a plan before an emergency happens or maybe prevent it all together.
Alzheimer’s is a death sentence. Watching someone you love sink into the quagmire of dementia is almost as bad. It’s heart crushing. It’s the hardest thing that you will ever do, but you’ll have to come with your big girl panties or don’t even try. You will feel things that will break your heart, piss you off, and make you look at yourself in a whole new way. You will never be the same as before you began. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and take it day by day.
You will feel grief, joy, anger, love, hate, blessed, fear, pride, and guilt and sometimes all in the same day. You can do it, though, I have faith in you.