Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease-Mild, Moderate and Severe

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. Here's more information from the National Institute on Aging on mild, moderate and severe stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

"As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, memory loss continues and changes in other cognitive abilities appear. Problems can include getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills, repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, poor judgment, and small mood and personality changes. People often are diagnosed in this stage. "

Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

"In this stage, damage occurs in areas of the brain that control language, reasoning, sensory processing, and conscious thought. Memory loss and confusion increase, and people begin to have problems recognizing family and friends. They may be unable to learn new things, carry out tasks that involve multiple steps (such as getting dressed), or cope with new situations. They may have hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia, and may behave impulsively. "

Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

"By the final stage, plaques and tangles have spread throughout the brain and brain tissue has shrunk significantly. People with severe Alzheimer’s cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care. Near the end, the person may be in bed most or all of the time as the body shuts down. "

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Sandra - Caregiver Guru

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