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Signs and Symptoms

Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s disease. 

Some people with memory problems have a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 

In MCI, people have more memory problems than normal for their age, but their symptoms do not interfere with their everyday lives. Movement difficulties and problems with the sense of smell have also been linked to MCI. Older people with MCI are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer's, but not all of them do. 

Some may even go back to normal cognition.

Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

difficulties with:

cognition/thought process


 money management

repeating oneself

 completion of normal daily tasks

personality and behavior 

Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

problems with: 



sensory processing

conscious thought


  recognition of family and friends

 getting dressed

 In addition, people at this stage may have:




or behave impulsively

Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

cannot communicate

dependent on others for care

Possibly bedridden

body shuts down


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