Symptoms and Stages of Alzheimer Disease

Author: Stacy's Helping Hand |


Alzheimer disease is a progressive mental deterioration, which occurs in middle or old age, and the cause usually is the generalized degeneration of the brain. Alzheimer disease causes a lot of problems with thinking, memory and behavior. It is linked with old age, and gets progressively worse with time.

Symptoms of Alzheimer Disease

The basic symptoms of Alzheimer disease are below. Understanding the symptoms and knowing what to look for will help in caring for someone with Alzheimer disease.

  1. Difficulty in remembering the information that they have recently learned
  2. Severe Disorientation
  3. Deepening confusion about certain events, places and time
  4. Mood & behavioral changes
  5. Suspicion about family and the people, they are dealing with in everyday life
  6. Serious memory loss
  7. Difficulty in speaking, walking and swallowing
  8. Stages of Alzheimer Disease

Stages of Alzheimer Disease

For Alzheimer care, a caregiver should know the different stages of Alzheimer disease, so they can deal with the problem in an efficient way. Here, you will learn the 7 stages of Alzheimer Disease in simple words.

1.No Impairment

This stage is the least detectable one, because there is no evidence of clear memory loss or symptoms of dementia.

2.Very Mild Decline

In this stage, minor memory loss problems are noticed, and the person starts forgetting about the things he recently did. Maybe, he loses the keys, or forgets what he did today, an event or something. But, this is not taken seriously, because it is hard to distinguish between normal age related memory loss issue and Alzheimer at this point as the person is able to perform well in his memory test.

3.Mild Decline

This is the stage where things get serious. A mild decline in memory can be noticed by close ones. The person starts seeing the effects of it while performing the memory tests and he will also notice cognitive problems. He will have trouble finding the correct word during his conversations. He will also forget the names of his acquaintances, and will have a trouble in planning and organizing things.

4.Moderate Decline

In this stage, the person will be able to see the clear symptoms and he will find it hard to solve arithmetic problems. He will also forget the basic details about his life history. The patient will have short term memory loss, which makes them even forget what they had for their dinner or breakfast. The person will also find it hard to manage his pay bills and finance.

5.Moderately Severe Decline

This stage requires that a person to get help from the people around them in their daily activities. The person will be significantly confused in his daily routine about certain things and he will find it difficult to recall personal details.

6.Severe Decline

This is the stage where the professional help is needed, because the person will have potential changes in behavior and will be confused about his surroundings. He will find it hard to remember people around him, except a few who are close to him. He will need help in his basic daily activities, like bathing and toileting.

7.Very Severe Decline

This is the final stage and is the hardest for those closest to the person. The person becomes unable to respond to people and to communicate properly. The patient forgets how to talk, how to swallow, which can cause death as well, because he becomes unable to eat anything. He may be able to speak a few words, but that is all.

There is support for the person and family members suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Contact Stacys Helping Hand at 720-248-7758 for additional information and support. You don’t have to do this alone. You can also learn more through the Alzheimer’s Association. There you will find local support groups for those with the disease and the caregivers.