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Alzheimer's Disease: How the Disease Progresses, Part III

- Thursday, January 17, 2019

Alzheimer's stages—common behaviors as the disease progresses.

Spring Arbor, NC, VAAlzheimer's disease tends to develops slowly and gradually worsens over several years. Eventually, Alzheimer's disease affects most areas of your brain. Memory, thinking, judgment, language, problem-solving, personality, and movement can all be affected by the disease.

The last two blogs discussed the first two stages of Alzheimer's Disease: Preclinical Alzheimer's disease and Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease.

Stage 3: Mild dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is often diagnosed in the mild dementia stage, when it becomes clear to family and doctors that a person is having significant trouble with memory and thinking that impacts daily functioning.

In the mild Alzheimer's stage, people may experience:

  • Memory loss for recent events. Individuals may have an especially hard time remembering newly learned information and ask the same question over and over.
  • Difficulty with problem-solving, complex tasks, and sound judgments. Planning a family event or balancing a checkbook may become overwhelming. Many people experience lapses in judgment, such as when making financial decisions.
  • Changes in personality. People may become subdued or withdrawn—especially in socially challenging situations—or show uncharacteristic irritability or anger. Reduced motivation to complete tasks also is common.
  • Difficulty organizing and expressing thoughts. Finding the right words to describe objects or clearly express ideas becomes increasingly challenging.
  • Getting lost or misplacing belongings. Individuals have increasing trouble finding their way around, even in familiar places. It's also common to lose or misplace things, including valuable items.

Last week, our blog discussed Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease Our next blog will be on Moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

For more information on Alzheimer's care, contact Spring Arbor.

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