Alzheimer’s disease begins slowly. In its early stages, it resembles age-related, short-term memory loss. However, as the disease progresses, family members or people with Alzheimer’s disease themselves may become concerned and consider seeking professional consultation. A thorough diagnostic regimen by a qualified healthcare professional can usually rule out or determine the presence of Alzheimer’s disease.
People with Alzheimer’s disease typically live anywhere from two to 20 years after diagnosis, with an average survival span of seven years from the time of diagnosis to death.
- Mild forgetfulness interferes with daily activities
- Trouble remembering events or activities
- Trouble remembering names of familiar people and things
- Loss of ability to solve simple math problems
Mild to Moderate Stages
- Loss of ability to do simple tasks like brushing teeth and combing hair
- Failure to recognize familiar people and places
- Trouble speaking, understanding, reading and/or writing
- May become anxious, aggressive, wander away from home
- Become increasingly unaware of their limitations
- Greater confusion and disorientation
- Complete dependency on others
- Physical health deteriorates due to inactivity
- Death is usually due to pneumonia or other infections