How To Identify The Second Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease

How To Identify The Second Stage Of Alzheimer's Disease

Gus Alva (Medical Director, ATP Clinical Research) gives expert video advice on: How can I identify the second stage of Alzheimer's disease?

How can I identify the second stage of Alzheimer's disease?

In the moderate staging, typically, again lasting between four and ten years for most people. Often times there is not just a memory complain, in other words individuals can't remember things short term. There is also the associated loss of the ability to do things. Remember, Alzheimer's disease is, sort of, a return back to infancy. Much as we acquire different skill sets, when we're born and certainly grow. We learn to crawl and subsequently eat and toilet and so on. The individual with Alzheimer's disease starts to lose abilities much in the same sequential fashion in which they picked them up. So the individual in the moderate staging might now start to have some problems along the lines of, say handling their finances, maybe in getting dressed appropriately, and so on. Choosing the right types of clothes and so on. Sometimes in the middle stage also there might be now the beginning of some behavioral problems. By behavioral problems I'm talking about maybe a little bit more of an irritability component, agitation, combativeness. Maybe, some aggressivity that wasn't there before and that now leads towards additional need for oversight and supervision.