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People receiving an Alzheimer diagnostic can live for as long as 20 years, although most will survive for 3 to 9 years.

The disease progresses slowly, with symptoms worsening over time. It is divided in three general stages: the mild (early-stage), the moderate (middle-stage) and the severe (late-stage).

Mild (early stage)

The early stage of the disease is often associated with aging symptoms like forgetfulness, language difficulties and mood changes. A person can still live independently, work and drive, but feels that its condition is changing. This stage generaly lasts for the first year or two.

Landmarks of that stage are:

  • a difficulty to remember names or to come up with the right words;
  • forgetting information that was just read;
  • losing or misplacing objects;
  • organizing and planning troubles.
Moderate (middle-stage)

As the disease evoluates, a person living with Alzheimer will progressively lose its ability to live by itself. It could get angry easily and behave in unexpected ways. Therefore, it will require a greater level of care.

This stage is the longest one, and can last for several years.

Landmarks of that stage are:

  • forgetting about personal history;
  • forgetting key information like one's own adress or phone number;
  • confusion related to space and time;
  • withdrawing from socially or mentally challenging situations;
  • difficulty chosing the right clothes
  • personnality or behavioral changes 
Severe (late-stage)

Damage to nerve cells eventually reach a point that prevent proper communication. The individual can no longer carry on a conversation and will will even lose its ability to move. Personnaly changes will be observed by the family. At some point, a full-time assistance with personal care is required.

Landmarks of that stage are:

  • A lost of awareness of recent events;
  • Difficulty communicating;
  • Requirement of a full-time assistance for daily tasks;
  • Difficulty walking, performing general tasks, and at some point, swallowing.