If you, or a family member, have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, knowing what to expect as the disease progresses and learning what has helped others can greatly improve your quality of life. There are many people today who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who are enjoying each day, as well as planning for their futures. No matter what stage of the disease you or a family member is experiencing, information is important tounderstanding and living with the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease typically follows certain stages, which are commonly described as “early,” “middle,” “late” and “end of life.” In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly over a course of seven to ten years but may be much longer in other cases. New treatments to slow or even halt the disease are expected within the next five to seven years. Stages are useful in helping us talk about and understand the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is important to realize that Alzheimer’s disease affects each person differently. At each stage, the duration varies from person to person and the symptoms may overlap. Movement from one stage to another is usually quite subtle.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease, at any stage, can be very challenging. Whether you have the disease or support someone who does, we can provide you with educational resources to help you learn more about the disease, referrals to help you access the practical support you need, one-on-one and group support, and help with the emotional impact of the disease.