The seven signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to alz.org, there are seven various symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Not every individual will experience all of them or in the order that they are declared; each individual is different as they progress through the Disease. The seven stages were actually developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine’s Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center based on his research. The stages he developed look like this: 1. Stage 1: No impairment; normal function is before any dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. 2. Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline which may actually resemble normal aging but could be the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. This can come in the form of memory lapses; forgetting where things are put (like eye glasses or keys) or forgetting familiar words. No real signs of dementia when examined by a doctor or by conversations with family, friends, or other outside influences. 3. Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline can lead to an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis at this stage, but is not typical in everyone. Difficulties are noticed by those closest to the person. Their doctor may also notice issues with concentration. The most common issues include: a. Noticeable problems discovering the right word or name they are searching for b. Trouble remembering names when meeting new people; forgetting material just read c. Much greater problem with performing tasks in both social or occupational sceneries d. Losing or misplacing valuable items e. Increased issues with organizing and planning day-to-day activities 4. Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline is when there is mild or an early-stage of Alzheimer’s Disease detected. Now there are some definite symptoms to look out for: a. Forgetfulness of recent events b. Impaired ability to perform challenging mental math problems c. Greater issues when doing complex tasks like paying bills, managing finances, planning for a social occasion d. Forgetting own personal history e. Change in mood and behavior – especially in social or mentally challenging situations 5. Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline is the moderate or mid-stage of Alzheimer’s Disease where gaps in memory and thinking are noticeable and help is required with day-to-day functioning. Symptoms at this stage may include: a. The inability to recall own address, telephone number or high school or college where they graduated from b. Confusion about where they are or what day it is c. Trouble with simple math problems d. Needing help to change clothing and pick out what is appropriate for the particular season e. Ability to recall significant details about family history; including that of themselves and their family f. No assistance needed to feed themselves or use the toilet Anything beyond this would be full-blown Alzheimer’s Disease and constant care would be required. If you think a friend or relative may have Alzheimer’s, it is best to contact someone and have them tested. Again, there is no cure, but perhaps you will be able to get the symptoms slowed down. Remember, that With Age Comes Respect so it is your duty to make certain that the individual in question is being looked out for to the best of your ability!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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