Alzheimer disease stages tend to progress over time. The medical community generally uses three broad phases - mild, moderate and severe - to measure the advance.
Alzheimer’s, however, is not a normal part of aging. Nearly 90% of people over age 65 and up to 75% of those over 85 have no symptoms of the disease other than occasional forgetfulness. And not everyone with Alzheimer’s will experience all the symptoms or even the same symptoms in the same sequence. Progression and patterns of the disease vary greatly between individuals.
Mild symptoms, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, begin with confusion and memory loss. Sufferers may have problems with routine tasks like tying their shoelaces. These Alzheimer’s disease early symptoms can also include unusual changes in personality, judgment and orientation.
Some moderate symptoms include difficulty in recognizing family and friends and trouble taking care of themselves, such as when eating or bathing. In this phase, Alzheimer’s patients may become unusually anxious, fearful and suspicious and sometimes experience trouble sleeping. They may also begin to wander or pace around aimlessly.
The more severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s include loss of speech, appetite and bladder and bowel control. In this final stage, sufferers often eventually become childlike and totally dependent, requiring someone to take care of them on a 24 hour basis.
As of now, the cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown, but it has a lot in common with heart disease. Apparently, what’s bad for the heart is also bad for the brain. Although there’s no known cure at present, Alzheimer’s can be both prevented and controlled with a healthy diet, stress reduction, specific supplements and moderate physical activity.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Treatment guidelines will give you the most current information on Alzheimer’s prevention.
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