The Seven Stages of Dementia

Dementia is a general term for cognitive impairment characterized by the reduced ability to remember, think, or make decisions on a daily basis. While dementia itself isn’t a specific disease, common conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease fall under the same category.

Dementia is progressive, meaning its symptoms worsen with time. This psychological disorder can be broken up into seven stages that showcase the cognitive decline caused by dementia as time progress…

1. No Cognitive Decline

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In the first of the seven stages of dementia, patients typically don’t portray any signs or symptoms of the condition. Scans of the brain may show signs of change, but they’re usually pretty insignificant. That being said, this first stage is usually not noticed by patients, unless they undergo imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scan.

As time progresses, patients may start to show very mild signs of dementia…

2. Very Mild Cognitive Decline

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The second stage of dementia often goes unnoticed by people around the patient, as its symptoms are typical signs of the aging process. These symptoms can include struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word, as well as misplacing objects.

Stage three of dementia is often associated with more serious symptoms…

3. Mild Cognitive Decline

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If you or your loved one starts to display symptoms of short-term memory loss, this might be a sign of the third stage of dementia. Short-term memory loss can be spotted by overall forgetfulness, such as forgetting what was just read or the names of new acquaintances.

Plus, a patient in the third stage of dementia may experience difficulty making plans of staying organized. The habit of misplacing and losing things often becomes more frequent as well.

The fourth stage of dementia is when symptoms of dementia really start to shine through…

4. Moderate Cognitive Decline

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A patient in the fourth stage of dementia often displays symptoms that are noticeable by those around them. These symptoms typically include the patient starting to lose interest in their passions, having difficulty calculating simple expenses, and often becoming disoriented to time and place.

During the fourth stage, a diagnosis of dementia is likely to be made, as the signs of dementia are much clearer compared to earlier stages in the cycle.

In the next stage of dementia, patients often start having to rely more heavily on the help of others around them…

5. Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline

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Stage five of dementia can be characterized by your loved one forgetting details about their personal life such as their address, phone number, or even where they went to school. In addition, stage five dementia patients may forget how to bathe or choose and wear clothes.

The next stage of dementia causes more severe side effects…

6. Severe Cognitive Decline

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The sixth stage of dementia is one of the most heartbreaking stages for a patient to go through, as they often fail to remember the names of loved ones. This is due to the severe confusion and anxiety brought upon by the worsening cognitive impairment of dementia.

In this stage, the patient may need assistance in basic everyday tasks, like going to the bathroom.

The next stage of dementia is the final stage, where symptoms of the psychological illness become very severe…

7. Very Severe Cognitive Decline

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The last and final stage of dementia is devastating for loved ones to witness. The seventh stage causes patients to become completely dependent on others to carry out basic activities like walking, eating, drinking, and even sitting. Their speech is also dramatically affected, as the patient can struggle with their words.

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History Facts - Jonestown

  1. On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the Peoples Temple, a religious group based in San Francisco, died after drinking poison. It has gone down in history as the second-largest tragedy killing Americans in a single non-natural event, next to the September 11 attacks.
  2. Out of the hundreds of people who followed 'Jones' order, 11 were able to survive, including Hyacinth Thrash, an African-American woman who had been asleep in her cabin. When she awoke the next morning, she saw all the bodies, including her sister, Zipporah Edwards.
  3. Jim Jones was a white minister who preached progressive ideas to a religious sector. During the 1970s, he was at the peak of his popularity, with thousands of members. However, Jones became paranoid, so he decided to move to an agricultural settlement in Guyana.
  4. In November of 1978, US Congressman Leo Ryan decided to check out Jonestown, the settlement the cult leader named after himself. Ryan and his four companions were shot dead by Temple gunmen. Jones persuaded his followers to drink the punch laced with cyanide.
  5. Many people were surprised by the crimes committed by the preacher, but apparently, he had been engaging in cruel acts since his younger years. Tim Reiterman shared that Jones possessed a need to control and deceive people, and felt anger toward those who abandoned him.
  6. Jones was also caught performing animal cruelty as a child. Chuck Wilmore, a childhood friend, shared in The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, a documentary, that Jones had an obsession with death and religion. He was said to admire Adolf Hitler.

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