The following stages provide an overall idea of how abilities change and should be used as a general guide. Stages may overlap, making it difficult to place a person living with Alzheimer’s in a specific stage.
In the early stage, a person may function independently. Those close to the individual may begin to notice difficulties, including: 1. Problems coming up with the right word or name. 2.Challenges performing familiar task
At this point, symptoms will be noticeable to others and may include: 1. Forgetfulness of events or about one’s own personal history.2. Feeling frustrated, especially in socially or mentally challenging situation.
At this stage, individuals may: 1 Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings. 2 Experience changes in physical abilities, including walking, sitting and, eventually, swallowing.