Thursday, July 5, 2018

Alzheimer’s stages | Stroke 2018

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means the symptoms will gradually worsen over time. Alzheimer’s is broken down into seven different stages:
  • Stage 1: There are no symptoms at this stage, but there might be an early diagnosis based on family history.
  • Stage 2: The earliest symptoms appear, such as forgetfulness.
  • Stage 3: Mild physical and mental impairments appear, such as reduced memory and concentration. These may only be noticeable by someone very close to the person.
  • Stage 4: Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed at this stage, but it’s still considered mild. Memory loss and the inability to perform everyday tasks is evident.
  • Stage 5: Moderate to severe symptoms require help from loved ones or caregivers.
  • Stage 6: At this stage, a person with Alzheimer’s may need help with basic tasks, such as eating and putting on clothes.
  • Stage 7: This is the most severe and final stage of Alzheimer’s. There may be a loss of speech and facial expressions.

Alzheimer’s typically affects people who are ages 65 years and older. However, it can occur in people as early as their 40s or 50s. This is called early onset Alzheimer’s. This type of Alzheimer’s affects about 5 percent of all people with the condition.
Symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s can include mild memory loss and trouble concentrating or finishing everyday tasks. It can be hard to find the right words, and you may lose track of time. Mild vision problems, such as trouble telling distances, can occur.
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