Although the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may vary from person to person, increasing memory loss over time – sometimes characterised by the inability to remember names or recall recent events – is often the first noticeable symptom.
The most common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are below. Usually a person will display a number of these signs:
Alzheimer’s disease generally progresses through three stages: mild, moderate and severe. People experience the three stages at different rates, and there can be an overlap in symptoms from one stage to another.
The mild stage of Alzheimer’s Disease can last from 2 to 4 years or longer. Those in this phase of the disease may:
People with mild Alzheimer’s Disease are usually alert, sociable, and enjoy life, but their forgetfulness interferes with daily living and may frustrate them. This frustration may lead them to feel overly emotional, irritable or apathetic.
The moderate stage of Alzheimer’s Disease is often the longest, lasting from 2 to 10 years. In this stage, a person may:
People with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease often require close supervision and support services such as home care may become necessary.
The severe stage can last from 1 to 3 years or longer. People with severe Alzheimer’s Disease cannot do things on their own anymore. They may not be able to:
People with severe Alzheimer’s disease usually require constant care.