Alzheimer's disease is a neurologically debilitating disease that progresses in a slow and steady manner. It impairs the memory and thinking abilities of a person. As the disease progresses slowly, it is divided into stages to help understand the symptoms.
The stages of Alzheimer's disease are as follows:
Mild Alzheimer's disease: This is the initial stage of the disease where the person starts losing the zest for life. He or she will suffer from recent memory loss which will not be apparent. The person also displays bad judgment where money is concerned; he or she will not be able to learn new things or make new memories; will have difficulties in finding words and may end up using words that sound similar like the forgotten ones; may end up keeping quiet and not participating in conversation to prevent making mistakes; will display low concentration levels; will question things repeatedly; and will have problems in logical thinking and planning. These symptoms can be extremely frustrating for the person and can lead to fits of anger without any provocation.
Moderate Alzheimer's disease is the second stage where there will be noticeable changes in the person's behavior and appearance. Here the person will not care about personal hygiene and sleep patterns will get disturbed. In addition, the person will mix up people; tend to wander away; not show care for personal safety; have problems in recognizing people and things; keeps being repetitive; have drastic behavioral changes which could be violent; will become sloppy; have hallucinations; has problems using the toilet; and display inappropriate behavior in front of others.
The final stage is severe Alzheimer's disease where the person does not recognize himself or herself or any member from the immediate family. The person will not be able to speak coherently and will not be able to eat. In addition, he or she will suffer from incontinence; lose weight; suffer from infections often; have seizures; may have the tendency to groan and moan; will end up sleeping more number of hours; and will need help in all daily living activities.
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