Understanding Alzheimer's Disease -- Symptoms
The third stage, also known as late Alzheimer's, is the most severe. It typically lasts 1 to 3 years.
People in this phase might have some or all of these symptoms:
- Major confusion about what’s in the past and what’s happening now
- Can’t express themselves, remember, or process information
- Problems with swallowing and control of their bladder and bowels
- Weight loss, seizures, skin infections, and other illnesses
- Extreme mood swings
- Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t really there, called hallucinations
- Can’t move easily on their own
Alzheimer's or Normal Aging?
Just about everyone has minor memory glitches as they get older. If someone forgets a name or why he walked into the kitchen, that doesn't mean he has Alzheimer's.
The main problem that defines the disease is trouble planning and handling day-to-day tasks, like paying bills, managing a checkbook, or using familiar appliances around the house.
What You Can Do
If you think you notice the signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or a loved one, the best thing to do is to talk to a doctor. He can let you know what the symptoms mean and what your options are for treating them.