By Stage

The Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that eventually affects most if not all of the brain's functions. It is this progression through the brain, following virtually the same path in everyone afflicted, that causes the stages of Alzheimer's disease. The disease kills brain cells, beginning in the hypothalamus and steadily advancing into other areas of the brain. As different areas of the brain are affected, different cognitive and physical functions, including memory and balance, are lost or impaired.

There are over 100 causes of dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent, accounting for as much as 70% of all dementia. Caring for a person who has dementia, on the other hand, is very much the same whether the cause is Alzheimer's, Lewy bodies, head trauma, frontotemporal dementia, or any of the more than one hundred diseases and conditions that cause symptoms of dementia.

We have selected products for each of the three stages of Alzheimer's disease. Other forms of dementia progress in differen ways. Compare the symptoms you are witnessing with the descriptions here, and match the activity with the ability. Always match a product to an individuals ability; don't consider what she or he can no longer do. Choose things that stimulate brain functioning. These may even help slow the advance of the disease. Read more about the stages of Alzheimer's disease.