Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder which typically affects people in their later years (although some people can suffer from early-onset Alzheimer’s). It’s categorized into three stages: early, moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease. We’ve detailed these stages based on information from the Alzheimer’s Association.
This is when the disease is at its mildest and often goes undetected as symptoms generally get associated with the aging process. The symptoms include problems with short-term memory such as forgetting people’s names you’ve just been introduced to, forgetting information that a person has just read, losing objects, struggling to find the right words in conversation, planning and organizing.
At this point, a doctor may be able to pick up on memory difficulties during a visit but there are no medications to cure or slow down the progression of the disease. However, early diagnosis means that plans can be put in place to safeguard the patient and ensure they get the best quality of life and keep their independence for as long as possible.