This chart will review the 7 stages of Alzheimer’s Disease progression, including symptoms, treatment examples, and video.
|1 No impairment (normal function)||The person does not experience any memory problems. Does not show any evidence of symptoms of dementia.||No treatment required||Normal function|
|2 Very mild cognitive decline (may be normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease)||The person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses.
-forgets familiar words
-forgets the location of everyday objects.
-No symptoms of dementia can be detected during a medical examination or by friends, family or co-workers.
|-Cognitive evaluation to determine level of functional impairment
-Recommendations for adaptations to compensate for higher level problem solving and organizational skills.
-Evaluation and treatment of physical conditions that may be affecting cognitive status.
|A doctor explains the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.|
|3 Mild cognitive decline (early-stage Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals with these symptoms)||-Noticeable word finding problems
-Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
-Having noticeably greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings
-Forgetting material that one has just read
-Losing or misplacing a valuable object
-Increasing trouble with planning or organizing
-Family, friends, or co-workers begin to notice problems
-Doctors may detect problems in memory or concentration during a detailed interview
|-Adaptations to compensate for memory loss
-may be electronic if patient used electronic devices prior to onset of cognitive decline
-use manual methods if patient did not use electronics
-electronic planner or wall calendar
-labels on cupboard, drawers and closets
-wall hooks or basket organizers for commonly used items
-Evaluation of home for safety
-Family and caregiver education in functional cognitive decline, what to expect, and how to approach the patient.
|A woman with early stage Alzheimer’s looks at pictures of her old house during a therapy session.|