Moderate Stage Alzheimer's Program
In the early stages of Alzheimer's, your loved one may still be able to function independently. They may still work, drive, and take part in a variety of social activities. As the disease progressed into moderate stage Alzheimer's, you may notice your loved one behaving in unexpected ways, confusing words, or getting angry or frustrated.
Damage to their brain's nerve cells can make it difficult for them to perform routine tasks and express thoughts. Moderate Alzheimer's is usually the longest stage and can last for several years. Some of the symptoms you may notice include:
- Being unable to recall their telephone number, address, or schools they attended
- Forgetting their personal history or events
- Confusion surrounding what day it is or where they are
- Feelings of withdrawal or moodiness, particularly in mentally or socially challenging situations
- Needing assistance choosing appropriate clothing for the occasion or season
- Alterations in sleeping patterns, like being restless at night and sleeping during the day
- Trouble controlling bowels and bladder
- An increased likelihood of wandering and getting lost
- Repetitive behavior, such as tissue shredding or hand wringing
When your loved one enters into moderate stage, your role may transition from care partner into a more formal type of caregiver. However, the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is here to help. We provide assistance, daily program services, in-home respite care, and transportation to our program for those in moderate stage Alzheimer's.
Happy Days Club
Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM, the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center hosts the Happy Days Club for those living with moderate Alzheimer's disease. Your loved one will enjoy hours of engagement, cognitive stimulation, and social interaction in a supportive and safe environment.
Visit the Happy Days Club Page to learn more.
In-Home Respite Care
Through the Helen and Sydney Jacoff Respite Program, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center can provide two hours of in-home respite care every other week for families in the Nassau County. Our respite workers are highly trained and skilled at engaging your loved one in cognitive activities with respect to their stage.
During the in-home respite care, you can take time to rest, read a book, go see a movie, attend medical appointments, catch coffee with friends, or whatever else you need to do. We provide the in-home respite care as a service to your loved one with Alzheimer's and you.
How Will Your Role as A Caregiver Change?
Caring for your loved one in the middle stages of Alzheimer's requires patience and flexibility. As their ability to function independently becomes more difficult, you'll need to take on more responsibility. It's important to adapt your daily routines and maintain structure. Over time, you'll learn more about what your loved one needs as well as methods of coping with your own stress. A few simple tips you may find helpful are:
- Educate yourself on what you should expect in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's, so you can properly set your expectations.
- Try to respond to your loved one's emotion — instead of their specific question. Usually, they only need reassurance, so you'll need to listen with your heart.
- When you're responding to repeated questions, try to use a soft, calm voice.
- If your loved one is still able to read, use simple written reminders for guidance.
- Anytime you notice changes, it's best to check with their physician to rule out any medication side effects or other physical problems.
- Remember to be good to yourself and find healthy stress relief outlets and/or counseling.
Caregiver Support Groups - You're Not Alone
At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we strongly encourage caregivers to take part in and participate in our Caregiver Support Groups. Our Caregiver Support Groups are facilitated by Master's level, licensed social workers who are skilled at tactics designed to reduce caregiver depression, stress, and isolation. In addition to our experienced social worker, the groups are filled with other caregivers like you.
Each support group is hosted in a supportive environment where you'll find validation for you own experiences and learn from the experiences of others. You'll hear from others who are traveling along the same journey and have the opportunity to extend your own network of support.
Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Caregiver Support Groups are customized by your relation to your loved one with Alzheimer's:
- Adult Children Caregiver Support Group meets on Mondays from 1 – 2 p.m.
- Spousal Caregiver Support Group meets on Thursdays from 1 – 2 pm.
- Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on every 2nd Saturday from 10:15-11:15 am.
For more information about our Caregiver Support Groups visit our Caregiver Support Group page or call us at (516) 767-6856.
Contact Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center
If your loved one is in moderate stage Alzheimer's, the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is here for your every step of the way.