Alzheimer’s disease Symptoms are usually developed over time and it is believed that short-term memory problems are the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, which are often mistakenly thought to be ‘age-related’ concerns or manifestations of stress such as misplaced things and repetitive questions or conversations.
As the disease progresses, symptoms include long-term memory problems such as difficulty performing routine tasks, problems with remember common words, changes in personality, confusion, and depression.
The duration of the disease vary depend on the severity of the condition and it can progress undiagnosed for years. But overall progress of the disease is fairly predictable. On average, people live for 8 to 10 years after diagnosis, but this terminal illness can last for 20 years.
Alzheimer’s disease can sometimes be tricky to diagnose because each patient has unique signs and symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms present in Alzheimer’s disease may same as symptoms in other conditions and diseases. However, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease normally can be classified into several stages as follows:
- Early Stage (Mild)
In this stage Alzheimer’s prone to be less energetic and spontaneous. They showed mild memory loss and mood swings. They may become withdrawn, avoid new people and places and prefer the familiar.
Individuals become confused and have problems with organization and planning, easy to get lost and make poor judgments. This stage can last from 2 to 4 years.
Some specific symptoms of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the early stages include:
- Changes in personality or mood
- Difficulty managing money and paying bills
- Poor judgment
- Losing things or misplacing them in odd places
- Repetitive questions and conversations
- Take longer time than usual to complete daily routine tasks
- Medium Stage (Moderate)
At this stage, a person with Alzheimer’s is clearly becoming disabled. They can still perform simple tasks independently, but may require assistance with activities that are more complicated. They forget recent events and their personal history, and became more confused and disconnected from reality.
The person may feel there are occasional memory lapses, such as difficulty recognizing familiar people, forgetting familiar words or names, and perhaps where they left their keys, hand phone or other daily objects. This is generally the longest stage which can last 2 to 10 years.
- Final Stage (Severe)
During the final stages, the person may lose the ability to respond to their environment, can’t speak, and eventually unable to move around. They will tend to sleep and sometimes grunting or moaning.
In a weak physical state, patients may become vulnerable to other diseases, skin infections, and respiratory problems. The duration of this stage may depend on the quality of care patients receive, usually can last 1 to 3 years.
It is important to remember that every case is unique, and certain individuals may experience some but not all the symptoms at any given time. If you notice worsen memory loss that begins to affect your normal daily tasks, organization and social interactions, visit your doctor immediately. Early diagnosis and treatment may slow the progression of the disease and delay the cognitive decline.