Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

8.  Decreased or poor judgement :  People with Alzheimer's disease may experience changes in judgement or decision making.  For example, they may use poor judgement when dealing with money, giving the incorrect amount to pay a bill.  They pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.

               What is a normal age related change?

Bad decision making once in awhile.

9.  Withdrawl from work or social activittes:  a person with Alzheimer's disease may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports.  They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sport team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobbie.  They may also avoid being  social , they may go inside and remain there for long periods of time.

               What is a normal age related change?

10.  Changes in mood and personality :  The mood and personality of people with Alzheimer's disease can change.  They become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily up set.

                 What is a normal age related change?

Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritated when routine is disrupted.