Dementia is a variety of symptoms that terribly affect normal lives. Though it is treatable, it isn't curable in most cases.
However, if diagnosis and treatment are done in early stages, the condition could be greatly different.
Stage 1 – Normal Function
No symptoms of dementia are present.
Stage 2 – Very Mild Cognitive Decline
The patient may notice mild symptoms of memory loss, but other people can see no obvious symptoms.
Stage 3 – Mild Cognitive Decline
Symptoms are now becoming more obvious. Typical symptoms may include problems remembering names of people and objects, losing belongings, difficulties planning tasks or performing some tasks.
Stage 4 – Moderate Cognitive Decline
In fact, this is the first stage that is definitively classed as early-stage Alzheimer’s. Symptoms will include short term memory loss, problems performing complex tasks and challenging mental arithmetic, forgetfulness, and changes in personality.
Stage 5 – Moderately Severe Cognitive Decline
Patients will now show symptoms such as large gaps in memory and greater levels of confusion. They will also be less able to perform easier feats of mental arithmetic. Also, they might need help with some tasks.
Stage 6 – Severe Cognitive Decline
We also refer to it as mid-stage Alzheimer’s. Patients will now need a lot of help to perform everyday tasks. Also, memory problems will have worsened. Besides, they may have problems sleeping at night and lose control of their bladder or bowels. Behavioral problems such as delusions might be evident.
Stage 7- Very Severe Cognitive Decline
Also, as late stage Alzheimer’s and the final stage of the disease, this condition requires help and care at any time. By now, patients have lost all ability to respond to the environment. They will have to stay in bed.
The last stage can last for some years. However, at this stage, the only focus is to make the patient comfortable and give them as much compassion and dignity as possible.
The following is a timeline showing more clearly the progression.
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