It can be confusing not knowing what to look for when your loved one shows possible symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, especially because it can affect everyone differently. Some people may not have every symptom, while for others, their symptoms may occur at different times. Since Alzheimer's disease can last as long as 20 years, it can be helpful to look at it in terms of stages. Knowing the stages can help give you a general idea of what to expect and how to provide care.
Unfortunately, mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease may bring about changes in your family member's overall functioning. Scroll down to find information about the changes you might expect at the mild and moderate stages of Alzheimer's disease and some suggested steps you can take to cope with these changes.
Mild Stage Alzheimer's Disease
Most people at this stage can still manage many of their daily activities themselves, but they may need some assistance or support to stay organized.
- Having trouble carrying out tasks that require multiple steps, like following a recipe
- Getting lost, even in familiar places
- Having difficulty performing some household chores
- Avoiding social situations
- Having trouble remembering appointments, people's names, or things that happened recently
Moderate Stage Alzheimer's Disease
People at this stage may have more trouble taking care of themselves, but they can still be involved in their daily care and follow a comfortable routine.
- Needing help to take a bath or shower, choose clothing, or get dressed
- Needing help setting a table or getting out of a chair
- Developing sloppy table manners
- Feeling restless or wandering, especially in the late afternoon or evening
- Getting suspicious, angry, or easily upset
- Having trouble recognizing family members
- Having difficulty expressing oneself and understanding others