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Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

As a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, I continue to learn more and more about the disease. I believe it is often misunderstood. Many believe it's something that only affects older adults and that it is strictly about memory loss.

I was first impacted by Alzheimer's when my grandmother has it more than 15 years ago. She was in Florida and I was in Colorado and I felt helpless. That's when I began volunteering to raise awareness about the disease and the resources available to persons and families living with the disease and to raise monies to fight it!

The 7 stages listed here are based on a system developed by Barry Reisber, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine's Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center. The information shared here is a synopsis. For more details, please follow this link to the Alzheimer's Assocation website. Please also keep in mind, not everyone will have the same experiences and these are simply "guidelines" for what might be noticeable as someone progresses through the disease.

Stage 1: No impairment (normal function)

No obvious symptoms

Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline (may be normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease

May have memory lapses, forgets familiar words or location of everyday objects

No obvious symptoms of dementia

Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline (early-stage Alzheimer's can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals)

Noticeable problems with the right word or name

Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people

Greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings

Losing/misplacing a valueable object

Increasing trouble with planning/organizing

Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline (Mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease)

Forgetfulness of recent events

Greater difficulty performing complex tasks

Forgetfulness of one's own personal history

Becoming moody or withdrawn

Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline (Moderate or mid-stage Alzheimer's disease)

Gaps in memory and thinking are noticeable

Individuals beging to need help with day-to-day activities

Still remember significant details about themselves and their family

Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline (Moderately severe or mid-stage Alzheimer's disease)

Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings

Need help dressing properly

Experience major changes in sleep patterns

Need help handling details of toileting 

Tend to wander or become lost

Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline (Severe or late-stage Alzheimer's disease)

Lose the ability to carry on a conversation

Need help with daily personal care

Reflexes become abnormal

Muscles grow rigid

Swallowing is impaired

 

More information about Alzheimer's disease can be found in this blog post:

Know the 10 Warning Signs

 

  

Did You Know? 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

  

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