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[QUOTE=mariahlw23]I found this list on a different AD message board, and found it to be an invaluable resource. When I first started researching AD, every website/book/article had a stages list, most with 3 stages, but NOT ONE was the same. I was about ready to pull my hair out, when I found this little wonder. While it seems nobody adheres to one particular stage list, I was thrilled to find this one, as it made it much easier for me to try and narrow down where my grandfather is in his progression. Hope it saves the sanity of other newbies, as it did for me.

…mariah…




Stage 1 - NO SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER'S ARE SEEN.

Stage 2 - FORGETFULNESS: Very mild cognitive decline. For example, problems such as: vagueness of where familiar objects are, complaints about not remembering well, forgetting names once well known. There is however, no loss of abilities in social interactions or in employment situations.

Stage 3 - CONFUSION EARLY STAGE: Mild cognitive decline. For example, problems such as: getting lost when traveling to a familiar location; noticeably lowered performance level at work; trouble finding words and names; little retention from reading; little or no ability to remember names of new people; loss of valued objects and trouble concentrating.

Stage 4 - CONFUSION LATE STAGE: Moderate cognitive decline. For example, problems such as: decreased knowledge of current and recent events; loss in memory of personal history; decreased ability to handle travel or finances; and inability to perform complex tasks. Appropriate responsiveness to outside stimulation decreases sharply. Denial of any problem, and withdrawal from challenging situations are common.

Stage 5 - DEMENTIA EARLY STAGE: Moderate severe decline. For example: the person can no longer survive without some assistance. Patients can't remember names of people or places in their lives. They may be disoriented about time and dates. However, they will require no assistance when using the bathroom or eating, but may need help getting dressed.

Stage 6 - DEMENTIA MIDDLE STAGE: Severe cognitive decline. For example: the person may forget the name of the spouse and be unaware of events in his or her life. They are entirely dependent on others for survival. They may have trouble sleeping in a regular pattern.

Stage 7 - DEMENTIA LATE STAGE: Very severe cognitive decline. For example: all verbal abilities are lost and he or she needs help eating and using the bathroom. Eventually they lose ability to walk, the brain appears to no longer be able to tell the body what to do.[/QUOTE]
Mariah,
Thank you so much for posting this list. I have been hunting all over to find a support group online with some answers. The list you posted has helped give me a better understanding as to what I can expect. Both my parents age 80 were diagnosed with early Alzheimers, Dad is worse than Mom. He didn't remember eating breakfast yesterday. He was all upset that I didn't feed him when I did :-(
I am new here and trying to find as much info as possible. Again thanks so much for posting this list.
PattyH





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