A persons mental and physical abilities deteriorate as he progresses through various stages of Alzheimers disease. However, the way the disease manifests can vary quite widely from one person to another.
Knowing about Alzheimers stages can help the caregivers plan for and cope with the disease better. The following is based on Dr. Reisbergs study which divides the disease into seven stages.
Stage 1: This is when no symptom of the disease is manifest and full mental and physical functions are retained.
Stage 2: At this stage, there is some loss of memory and the person may forget names of friends and family at times. The person is full aware that his mental functions are declining. This is often mistaken to be the result of normal ageing processes rather than as the beginning of Alzheimers disease.
Stage 3: This is still an early stage of the disease, but the symptoms are more noticeable now. The sufferer may go into denial. There is an inability to concentrate on tasks and performance at work may deteriorate.
The person becomes more anxious. They get lost quite easily in unfamiliar territory. Misplacing objects is quite common at this...