10 WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER'S
Alzheimer's disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). Since Alzheimer's affects people in different ways, each person will experience symptoms - or progress through Alzheimer's stages - differently.
The symptoms of Alzheimer's worsen over time, although the rate at which the disease progresses varies. On average, a person with Alzheimer's lives four to eight years after diagnosis, but can live as long as 20 years, depending on other factors.
Changes in the brain related to Alzheimer's begin years before any signs of the disease. This time period, which can last for years, is referred to as preclinical Alzheimer's disease.
Challenges solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Misplacing things without recalling
Confusion with time or place
Decreased or poor judgement
New problems with words or speaking
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Trouble understanding visual images
Changes in mood and personality