Challenges performing tasks in social or work settings.
In the early stage of Alzheimer's, a person may function independently Despite this, the person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses, such as forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects.
Mild Alzheimer's Disease (Early Stage)
Problems coming up with the right word or name.
Increasing trouble with planning or organizing
Trouble remembering new things
Forgetfulness of events or about one's own personal history
Moderate Alzheimer's is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer's will require a greater level of care.
Moderate Alzheimer's Disease (Middle Stage)
Feeling moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations
Confusion about where they are or what day it is
An increased risk of wandering and becoming lost
Personality and behavioral changes, including suspiciousness, delusions and repetitive behavior
In the final stage of this disease, dementia symptoms are severe. Individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement.
Severe Alzheimer's Disease (Late Stage)
Become vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia
Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings
Experience changes in physical abilities, including the ability to walk, sit and, eventually, swallow
Have increasing difficulty communicating
Need round-the-clock assistance with daily activities and personal care