What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
What is the cause of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
Stage 1: No Impairment
Stage 2: Very Mild Decline
Stage 3: Mild Decline
- Finding the right word during conversations
- Remembering names of new acquaintances
- Planning and organizing
Stage 4: Moderate Decline
- Have difficulty with simple arithmetic
- May forget details about their life histories
- Have poor short term memory (may not recall what they ate for breakfast, for example)
- Inability to manage finance and pay bills
Stage 5: Moderately Severe Decline
- Significant confusion
- Inability to recall simple details about themselves such as their own phone number
- Difficulty dressing appropriately
Stage 6: Severe Decline
- Confusion or unawareness of environment and surroundings
- Major personality changes and potential behavior problems
- The need for assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting and bathing
- Inability to recognize faces except for closest friends and relatives
- Inability to remember most details of personal history
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
Stages 7: Very Severe Decline
Frequently Asked Questions:
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease. But there is a drug available that can temporarily reduce symptoms. Support is also available to help someone with the condition and their family cope with everyday life.
Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to perform the simplest tasks. In most people with the disease, those with late-onset symptoms first appear in their mid-1960s.
A person with Alzheimer's disease lives on average four to eight years following diagnosis, however, depending on other variables, they can survive up to 20 years. The changes in the brain related to Alzheimer's disease begin years before signs of the disease appear.
A secondary infection, most usually pneumonia, is the major cause of mortality in Alzheimer's patients. Bacterial infections could easily be remedied with a course of antibiotics in healthy individuals.