Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

In the early stages of the disease, individuals find it difficult to properly perform daily tasks. They often find themselves lost, have issues handling money, and repeat questions. Slight changes in behavior and attitude may occur. Alzheimer’s patients are usually diagnosed during this time.

As the disease continues to progress, patients have greater memory difficulties and are easily confused. They may be unable to learn new things or perform daily tasks, such as properly dress and maintaining proper hygiene. Problems with bladder and bowel control may begin. Alzheimer’s patients may also begin to behave erratically towards family and others around them. Reasoning is also severely affected.

In the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there is widespread brain damage and individuals become completely dependent on others. Patients are often bedridden as their bodies are negatively affected. They have lost control of bladder and bowel movements and have trouble swallowing properly. They will likely lose interest in food, and it is therefore imperative to promote stable eating habits. Massive memory loss will be present and they are unlikely to recognize faces, even those of family members.