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Session 3 - Understanding Dementia

Part 6 - Helpful Tips to Address Symptoms in the Early Stage

The early stage of Alzheimer’s disease (also referred to as “mild Alzheimer’s disease”) marks a beginning that will bring with it significant changes for you and the people who care about you.

You will likely retain many of your abilities and require minimal assistance during this stage. You may have insight into your changing abilities and therefore, can inform others of your experience of living with the disease and help to plan and direct your future care. You may also be feeling overwhelmed and apprehensive about the future. It is normal for both you and your family to have many mixed emotions including feelings of grief and sadness.

Please note that the term “early stage” refers to people of any age who have mild impairments as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. This differs from the term “early onset” which refers to people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age than usual, typically in their 50’s or very early 60’s.

Take the quiz below to learn some helpful strategies for dealing with common symptoms in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

Helpful Tips to Address Symptoms in the Early Stage

1. Which of the following will help with forgetfulness in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease?

2. Learning new things may be difficult in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Which of the following is most likely to be effective?

3. Difficulty concentrating or limited attention span may be a symptom experienced in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Which of the following will help?

4. In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease a person may experience problems with orientation, getting lost or not being able to follow directions. Which of the following will help?

5. Mood shifts and depression may be common for people in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Which of the following will help?

6. In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease a person may experience some mild co-ordination problems. Which of the following is most likely to be effective?

Additional Reading

Join the Conversation

Visit the Discussion Forums, where you can post, in a common area, messages to all other community members. It’s a place for you to interact with others and to share tips for dealing with the symptoms of the disease. You will see a specific Discussion Forum for conversations about the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

At any time, you may scroll to the Search bar at the top of the page and type a specific question or topic.


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