Living with Change

Part 1: Middle Stage Dementia

The middle stage of dementia is also called "moderate dementia." In this stage, thinking and memory continue to deteriorate, but many people will still be somewhat aware of their condition. People in the middle stage of dementia need help with many daily tasks.

This stage often seems the longest for families and care partners, as they may increasingly need to provide care, including moving the person to a care facility. Everyone involved will need help and support because of the changes faced by the person with dementia and their family.

Click and download the infographic below to learn more about the middle stage of dementia.

Middle Stage Dementia Infographic


An Insider's Perspective on the Middle Stage

Christine Bryden was a top civil servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 46. "Dancing with Dementia" is a vivid account of her experiences of living with dementia, exploring the effects of memory problems, loss of independence, difficulties in communication and the exhaustion of coping with simple tasks.

Here is an audio file from Christine's book. Take a few minutes to listen to her words as she shares from the perspective of a person living in the middle stage of the disease. Feel free to make some notes as you listen.

Helpful Tips to Address Symptoms in the Middle Stage

Take the quiz below to learn some helpful strategies for dealing with common symptoms in the middle stage of dementia.


More Learning Resources

Dancing with Dementia by Christine Bryden

Progression Series: Overview

Progression Series: Middle Stage

Shared Experiences: Changes You May Experience

First Steps For Families

Ways to Help

Reducing Caregiver Stress

A Handbook for Care