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What is the typical progression of Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's may begin with mild forgetfulness, but as the disease progresses, the person will exhibit severe memory loss.

A person with Alzheimer's will forget how to do things that have been part of his or her daily routine for decades. He or she will have trouble remembering who people are. Thinking becomes confused and muddled. People with Alzheimer's have trouble judging and assessing situations, following directions or dong such things as manipulating information or numbers in their heads.

They may also experience problems with spatial sense, such as discerning the locations of things and people in relation to themselves.

Initially, they may have trouble remembering a phrase or word, but ultimately basic communication becomes impaired.

In moderate to advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, a person may have mood swings, get confused, become restless and wander away. Even the person's personality may change and become characterized by depression, aggressive behavior or anxiety.

Near the end of their lives, Alzheimer's patients require constant monitoring and care.

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