Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bleak Reality of Alzheimer's May Be Brighter in the Future

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bleak Reality of Alzheimer's May Be Brighter in the Future

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Dear Doctor K: My mother has Alzheimer's disease. What should I expect in the coming years?

Dear Reader: It's impossible to predict exactly how Alzheimer's disease will affect someone. Symptoms of the disease, and how quickly they progress, can vary widely from person to person. In some people, for reasons we don't understand, the disease progresses very slowly.

However rapidly Alzheimer's disease progresses, it generally unfolds in five stages:

- Stage 1. Memory problems begin. The person may misplace valuable objects. Their performance at work or in social situations begins to suffer. They may have more trouble expressing their thoughts.

- Stage 2. Memory problems are more obvious. It may be difficult for someone with Alzheimer's to follow conversations. The person may have difficulty recalling current events or even bits of information from their own life. …

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