There are stages to Alzheimer’s that span the length of the disease. The medical profession states there are three major stages: Early, Middle and Late. Studies show that the Early stage can range from two to four years, the Middle from two to ten years, and the Late stage from one to three years. This is pretty vague, isn’t it? How long your loved one experiences each of the stages will be unique to them. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, on average, a person with Alzheimer’s will spend 40% of the total number of years they live with Alzheimer’s, in the most severe stage of the disease.
Memory loss is a common characteristic of Alzheimer’s and it is short-term memory that is initially affected. As it progresses, they may not recognize family members, have trouble speaking, reading or writing;. they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. In time, they will forget how to brush their teeth, comb their hair, or shave. Eventually, they will need total care. It’s important to recognize that these symptoms can overlap between “stages”; and not everyone will experience the same things.
There are many characteristics/symptoms consistent with the disease and you should know about the wide range of possibilities. The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease on the site offers a guide to the wide range of symptoms that may present themselves through the Early, Middle and Late stages of Alzheimer’s. Again, since no two cases of Alzheimer’s disease are the same, what you can expect to experience with your loved one isn’t easy to answer.