Helpline: Alzheimer's - Stages Support

There are no clear-cut numbers of stages of Alzheimer's because it is a fairly subjective topic. But as a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's, you want to know what course the illness takes from its start to its end.

Most people agree that Alzheimer's generally advances in three stages: mild, moderate, and severe.

ExtendaTouch is your trusted source for understanding and setting your expectations about the stages of Alzheimer's a person may go through. By connecting with our fellow caregivers, you will get free ideas and support to care for a loved one through these stages.

Mild Alzheimer's

A person who can do routine activities years after diagnosis without support may be in the mild stage. He or she may still participate in social activities, move around independently, and drive. But he or she may experience memory lapses, such as having difficulty recalling familiar words, names, or the place of ordinary things.
To get support through the mild Alzheimer's stage, request contact of an unpaid family caregiver of your choice on ExtendaTouch.

Moderate Alzheimer's

The moderate or middle stage is the longest phase. It can last for several years. As the disease progresses to this stage, the amount of care for the person with Alzheimer's must be increased. A moderate decline in the brain leads to memory loss in this stage. This can cause behavioral changes, such as increased frustration, anger, and unexpected actions.

Based on their experiences, our members may provide your ideas and information on how to care for a person during the moderate and other stages of Alzheimer's.

Severe Alzheimer's

A person in the final stage of Alzheimer's goes through problems, such as:

  • Loss of awareness of recent experiences
  • Severe speech and problem-solving issues
  • Difficulty doing day to day activities
  • Loss of the ability to control body movements.

Caring for a loved one who is going through the stages of Alzheimer's disease can be challenging. However, asking for ideas and information from other caregivers at ExtendaTouch who have already attended individuals with Alzheimer's through these phases can be a great source of support.

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ElaineEhret1939
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a male
andyc, ExtendaTouch facilitator
The stages separate into three categories: mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease. I went through all of those with my mom and have years of experience. Late stage was difficult, but we continued to play memory games which entertained her. Her long term memory was excellent. Her short term memory, totally gone.
I care(d) a total of 8 years for a female
Brunhildesdaughter
I have years of experience I can share if it will help.
I care(d) a total of 16 years for a female
Russ
Took care of my Dad for the last 5 months of his life.
I care(d) a total of 5 months for a male
jcalvert4
I have years of experience I can share if it will help.
I care(d) a total of 6 years for a female
JLS
I have years of experience I can share if it will help.
I care(d) a total of 7 years for a malefemale