The early and progressive stages of Alzheimer's
- Often blamed on aging or stress, pre-dementia is the first stage. Specialists state that there can even be mild cognitive difficulties up to eight years before a patient reaches the clinical definition of Alzheimer’s. Early symptoms affect short-term memory and the inability to learn new things.
- The next stage of Alzheimer’s is an increasing impairment of memory, and at times movements and perception are equally affected. Older memories of someone’s life, how to use eating utensils or how to drink from a glass are still a part of daily life, and someone with Alzheimer is perfectly capable of communicating basic ideas. There may be some disruption in fine motor skills like writing, dressing, or drawing.