Now, you already knew about what is Alzheimer’s? and its early signs. But do you know if Alzheimer’s disease progresses can divided into three stages. Although some experts are able to divide it into several parts more complicated. But I prefer to learn the three stages of Alzheimer’s disease, because it is more simple and easier to understand for ordinary people like me.
As you know the Alzheimer’s disease progress slowly and affects people in different ways. Some people may live to 20 years, but on average a people can lives 4 – 8 years. The exact number of stages is still unclear, but the experts separate them into three stages of Alzheimer’s disease: mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease to understanding the progression of the illness.
Mild Alzheimer’s disease
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a person may function independently. He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities. 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.
In this first stage of Alzheimer’s disease, a person may doing his/her activities normally without guidance from others. However, this person may feel if he or she is having problem with the memory, such as forgetting familiar locations.
Some common difficulties, include:
- Having trouble with planning or organizing
- Often misplacing a valuable object
- Quickly forget something he/she had just read
- Trouble remembering new names
- The use of words or names that are often inaccurate or wrong
Moderate Alzheimer’s disease
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, daily tasks become more difficult to be performed well, but people with Alzheimer’s disease may still remember significant details about their life. This stage of Alzheimer’s disease is also consider as the longest part, it may last for many years.
Some of the symptoms that can be noticed by others, include:
- Behavioral and personality changes
- Increased risk of lost and wandering
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Can not choose clothing properly
- Often confused about time and places
- Do not remember about the important things, like a phone number or their home address
- Withdraw from social communities
Severe Alzheimer’s disease
This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the worst stage. Once reach this point, people with Alzheimer’s will begin to lose the ability to carry on a conversation, to respond to the environment around them, even to control their movement. A conversation becomes more and more difficult for them, but they still able to say a few words.
At this stage of Alzheimer’s disease, individuals may:
- Become more vulnerable to infections.
- Barely able to communicate with others
- Declining physical abilities, such as walking and sitting
- Desperately need help from others to be able to do daily tasks properly
- Lose awareness of their surroundings as well as some recent experiences
At this point, I hope you can understand that the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of support and love, since they cannot do anything properly without the help of others on their side.