Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms and Stages

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What are the signs and symptoms of the stages of Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle-aged individuals, but usually occurs in individuals that are 60 years old or older. The disease is due to generalized deterioration of brain function. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of premature senility.

Although the course of Alzheimer's disease varies from person to person, in general, four stages are recognized. These stages are defined by certain signs and symptoms. The object of this article is to list those signs and symptoms that usually appear in these four stages.

What are the early signs and symptoms in the first stage of Alzheimer's disease?

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The first stage of very early Alzheimer's disease often includes the following signs and symptoms:

  • Problems in thinking (trouble finding correct words, judgment errors)
  • Occasional disorientation
  • Mild memory loss
  • Difficulty with cognitive problems (problem solving)
  • Beginning difficulties moving the legs and feet

What are the signs and symptoms in the second stage of Alzheimer's disease?

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The second stage, mild Alzheimer's disease, has worsening of first stage symptoms and can include:

  • Repeating questions
  • Difficulty with money matters such as difficulty paying bills on time
  • Getting lost in previously familiar areas
  • Taking much longer to perform daily tasks
  • Losing items by placing them in unusual areas (for example, car keys in the refrigerator)
  • Poor judgment
  • Mood swings
  • Personality changes
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2014

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