Stages and Warning Signs
In the early stages of AD, stage one, the person does not experience any memory problems and medical evaluation doesn’t uncover any evidence of dementia. However, there are warning signs that could point to the second stage of AD, which, may lead to a possible diagnosis. The most prevalent is memory loss. We all forget to do things or forget where we put our car keys but that is usually due to everyday stress. In normal age-related functionality, we eventually remember. AD related memory loss is forgetting recent dates, events or other information and never being able to recall that information. Another major indicator is a decrease in task related activities. An example of this is being able to follow a familiar recipe or forgetting the directions to a frequently traveled destination such as the grocery store and back home. In stages three and beyond, a lot of AD sufferers become disoriented and confused and sometimes go missing as a result. They can no longer remember names, faces, or solve basic math equations; they become moody and reclusive and will eventually need assistance with basic dressing and hygiene. Getting treatment medications at the first sign of memory loss can slow the tide and improve the quality of life.