Stages Of Alzheimer's
Medical science has advanced rapidly and continuously in recent years. It has identified many diseases and their causes. Unfortunately, there remain many unknowns to resolve. Doctors are still unable to determine the cause of cancer, the cure for AIDS or the mystery known as Alzheimer's Syndrome.
Alzheimer's disease is a disorder affecting both the sufferer's mind and their physical state. It typically, (but not exclusively), affects people over 65 years of age, irrespective of gender.
The disorder is progressive and irreversible. There are seven stages recognized in its development and progression.
In the first stage, the patient and those around will not notice anything particularly amiss. The victim may forget a thing or two, which everyone experiences naturally, so there is no perceived cause for alarm.
During the second stage, the patient may already sense something is wrong as these memory lapses occur more frequently. Again, there is no apparent need for alarm, because most people become more forgetful due to aging.
The third stage is when someone can be clearly suspected of having Alzheimer's Disease. The victim will falter at work or be unable to accomplish some simple tasks and other people will notice these changes.
In the fourth stage, the patient can no longer handle certain activities unaided and will require some assistance from others.
The fifth stage is what doctors describe as "moderate" Alzheimer's disease. The sufferer will not only forget other people but also be unable to recall certain facts about themself. There will also be periods of disorientation.
In the sixth stage, known as "moderately severe" Alzheimer's, there will be mood swings in evidence. The patient may be happy one moment and then in the next minute appear hostile to those around.
There will also be fecal and urinary incontinence similar to a baby not yet toilet trained.
The seventh and final stage is called "severe Alzheimer's". The victim will not be able to speak much and do things for themselves anymore. The patient will typically just stare into space. Carers will at times need to carry and even force feed them.
Alzheimer's disease develops gradually but inexorably. Thus far, all we can do is slow down the process before it gets to the succeeding stage; by using drugs, and by giving proper care to the patient.
As the patient's condition deteriorates, the victim may be perceived less and less as a human being but progressively dehumanized as a vegetable subject of the disorder. We have to resist this tendency and remember that the sufferer once accomplished many things, and never wanted or caused this affliction.
There are over four million people in the United States currently diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. This number will grow as life expectancy extends and the average age of the population increases.
Those with family members suffering from this disease should learn about the various stages, so as to understand what the patient is going through and to give the proper help. Also to prepare themselves for disease progression, and to plan for third party assistance.
There are books and other information available on the internet and libraries.
Also there are many Support groups formed. Support groups are important because the disease radically affects not only the patient, but also carers and other loved ones who have to live with it.
Further ReadingAlzheimer 101
Alzheimer's Care Facility
Alzheimer's Disease And Its Symptoms
Alzheimer's History And Outlook
Alzheimer's Patient Treatment And Care
Alzheimer's, Not Just An Old Man's Disease
Alzheimers And Dementia
Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease
Drugs As A Treatment For Alzheimers
Drugs To Fight Alzheimer's
Finding Caregivers For Alzheimers
Finding Out Early On About Alzheimers
Keeping People With Alzheimer's Busy
Living With Alzheimer's Disease
Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Stages Of Alzheimer's
Symptoms Of Alzheimer's
Tell Tale Signs Of Alzheimer's
Understanding Alzheimers Better
What Exactly Is Alzheimer's?
What To Look Out For In Alzheimer's
Who Are You? Alzheimer's Symptoms