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

- Tuesday, January 22, 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 three blogs discussed the first stages of Alzheimer's Disease: Preclinical Alzheimer's disease and Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Mild Dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

Stage 4: Moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

Moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

During the moderate stage of Alzheimer's disease, people grow more confused and forgetful and begin to need more help with daily activities and self-care.

People with moderate Alzheimer's disease may:

Show increasingly poor judgment and deepening confusion. Individuals lose track of where they are, the day of the week, or the season. They may confuse family members or close friends with one another, or mistake strangers for family. They may wander, possibly in search of surroundings that feel more familiar. These difficulties make it unsafe to leave those in the moderate Alzheimer's stage on their own.

Experience even greater memory loss. People may forget details of their personal history, such as their address or phone number, or where they attended school. They repeat favorite stories or make up stories to fill gaps in memory.

Need help with some daily activities. Assistance may be required with choosing proper clothing for the occasion or the weather and with bathing, grooming, using the bathroom, and other self-care. Some individuals occasionally lose control of their bladder or bowel movements.

Undergo significant changes in personality and behavior. It's not unusual for people with moderate Alzheimer's disease to develop unfounded suspicions—for example, to become convinced that friends, family, or professional caregivers are stealing from them or that a spouse is having an affair. Others may see or hear things that aren't really there. Individuals often grow restless or agitated, especially late in the day. Some people may have outbursts of aggressive physical behavior.

Our last blog discussed Mild dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. Our next blog will be on Severe Dementia due to Alzheimer's Disease.

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

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