Alzheimer’s disease includes three basic stages

Primary Stage

Usually a person at the primary stage of developing the Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Has a gradually increasing confusion about where he is, while he also shows a tendency to lose his way.
  • Lacks the ability to start activities on its own initiative and without guidance.
  • Avoids facing new, unfamiliar situations, such as going on a trip.
  • Presents delayed reactions and reduced learning ability.
  • Begins to speak much slower compared to the past.
  • Troubles managing his finances and settle his bills.
  • Introduces poor judgement and makes incorrect decisions.
  • May become cyclothimic and show signs of depression, discomfort and anxiety.

These symptoms are usually more intense when a person is found in a new environment, or has to face an unusual or unfamiliar incident.

Middle stage

During the middle stage of the disease the sufferer:

  • Faces difficulty in recognizing cloze friends or even family members.
  • Is restless and wanders around.
  • Faces difficulties with simple tasks like reading, writing and arithmetic.
  • Troubles organizing his thoughts in a logical order.
  • Finds it difficult to get dressed.
  • Gets angry very easily while can become hostile and therefore unavailable for cooperation.
  • Believes absurd things, is suspicious towards the others and irritable.
  • Needs constant supervision.
  • Loses the track of time.

Final stage

In the final stages of the Alzheimer’s disease, the patient presents the following symptoms:

  • Is no longer able to have a bath, eat, get dressed or go to the toilet by himself.
  • May be stuck in bed or in a wheelchair.
  • Loses the ability of mastication.
  • Loses easily his balance and may frequently fall down.
  • Presents particularly great confusion at night and has insomnia.
  • Cannot communicate verbally.
  • Has urinary incontinence.