Stages of Alzheimer
Stages of Alzheimer – Do you know what they are
Alzheimer is an ailment that mainly occurs in people during their older stages in life; some starting in their late sixties to early seventies. It is an illness of the brain that causes progressive loss of memory and coordination of events, creating inability to plan and reason and making the individual lose general perception. As stated, this illness is progressive and takes time before it hits its peak. The stages involved are elaborated shortly.
At the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the patient appears normal. Most of the activities normally undertaken are done as usual with slight change. For instance, if the patient is used to gardening, he may go about it almost as usual with the probable case of forgetting where he put his seedlings or watering the plant before he actually plants it. In these first stages, the patient also experiences trouble remembering recent events and names previously learnt. These symptoms are manifest in the first two stages of Alzheimer that is the normal and normal aged forgetfulness stages.
Soon after this, the patient enters another level. Here, the patient starts to become anxious about things and very unsubstantial things seem to irritate him. The patient also begins to ask questions severally forgetting what the last answer was. With the ones who are involved in planning and organizing events or are working, there will be notable difficulty in ability to arrange thoughts and events and even words in a sentence. This however may go unnoticed by the people close to the patients how are not called upon to do much. With a close eye, the relatives of the patients in this stage will notice that the patients now start aging faster than their peers. This is now the mild cognitive impairment stage or pre-mild Alzheimer stage.
Some time after these stages of Alzheimer, the patient now develops a problem with coping with day to day activities that involve problem solving. This then means the patient will need help with managing finances, solving complex problems and finding what is right to do in certain circumstances. The irritability may now be replaced with indifference and withdrawal as the patient tries to hide their deficiency and become mostly non responsive and mostly absent in conversations. There will also be a notable change in the patient’s personality mostly caused by this. This stage marks the real onset of Alzheimer and is called the mild Alzheimer stage. It can last about two years.
The next stage involves a greater loss of memory and inability to do most things without assistance. For instance, a patient will easily forget what they were wearing the previous day and wear it the next. Thus, without supervision, the patient can keep wearing the same outfit over and over again. There is also a marked loss of orientation as the patient will easily forget such things as where the salt is kept, where their best friend lives or even forget the direction home. This now marks the moderate Alzheimer stage.
The next stages of Alzheimers is the moderately severe Alzheimer stage. Here, the patient begins to lose ability in doing a lot more without assistance. Where he once needed help in identifying what to wear, he will now need help in wearing it lest he wear the arm on the foot for example. As time progresses, the patient will slowly start needing help in feeding, cleaning and eventually going to the bathroom.
The final stages of Alzheimer is the severe Alzheimer stage. At this point in the disease the patient is barely able to communicate properly. They are fully dependent on others’ help in performing daily activities. They are rendered incapable of feeding and cleaning let alone remembering things. Most patients at this stage end up becoming immobile and rigid and are not usually aware of what is happening around them..
Alzheimer’s has no known cure but there are ways it can be maintained. Once the patient goes through all the seven stages of Alzheimer, the most common result is death.