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Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s

Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s – Stage Two

Firsthand experience with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be misleading. Symptoms appear, the diagnosis is confirmed, and the individual shows increasingly severe signs of cognitive impairment. As time goes on, the decline becomes more evident and more rapid. Alzheimer’s may take as long as 25 years or more to progress from the initial stages to the end of life.

Stage Two – Just Getting a Little Forgetful

“Forgetfulness” is a familiar complaint among people 65-and-over. In fact, at least half of all persons in this age group report occasional mild difficulty in recalling someone’s name or remembering where they left items such as keys or eyeglasses. Forgetfulness can be caused by any number of factors, many unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease. But while “normal age forgetfulness” is simply another aspect of aging and may not be particularly noticeable to loved ones or even the family physician, persons with these symptoms may later be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In confirmed cases of Alzheimer’s, it is routinely discovered that the individual had previously exhibited “Stage 2” symptoms.

Forgetting New or Recent Information and Important Dates or Events

Alzheimer’s warning signs: Repeatedly asking the same information; relying on excessive notes or electronic reminders for things they used to be able to remember.

Normal memory changes: Occasionally forgetting a name or appointment for a brief period.

Misplacing Things and not Being Able to Retrace Steps to Find Them

Alzheimer’s warning signs: Placing objects in unusual places; inability to retrace their own steps to figure out where they put things; accuse others of stealing the objects they’ve lost.

Normal memory changes: Occasionally losing things but retracing steps to find them.

While the specific symptoms and rate of decline may vary, researchers have identified seven stages in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to note that while symptoms described here are typical of Alzheimer’s, confirmation of the disease requires professional medical diagnosis.

If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor right away. Early diagnosis and therapies can help prolong independence.

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