Stages of Alzheimer's

 According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages - mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage).  To learn more about the symptoms and considerations of each, please visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

stages of alzheimers depiction

Early Stage

Mild Alzheimer's disease is the early stage of the disease.  A person may function independently.  He or she may still drive, work and be part of social activities.  Common difficulties include:

  • Problems coming up with the right word or name
  • Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
  • Having greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings
  • Forgetting material that one has just read
  • Losing or misplacing a valuable object
  • Increasing trouble with planning or organizing

Middle Stage

Moderate Alzheimer's is typically the longest stage and can last for many years.  As the disease progress, the person with Alzheimer's will require a greater level of care.  At this point, symptoms will be noticeable to others and may include:

  • Forgetfulness of events or about one's own personal history
  • Feeling moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations
  • Being unable to recall their own address or telephone number or the high school or college from which they graduated
  • Confusion about where they are or what day it is

Late Stage

In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement.  At this stage, individuals may:

  • Require full-time, around-the-clock assistance with daily personal care
  • Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as their surroundings
  • Require high levels of assistance with daily activities and personal care




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