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My Mother (86 yr. old) lives with me and has a stage of dementia. I don't know which one. I would like help determining which stage of dementia my 86yr old Mother is in.

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People often go back and forth between stages before settling in so it's not as easy to decide as one might think. Also, a doctor should be the one to determine the stage because of the background necessary. That being said, the input from the caregiver can be essential for a correct assessment because you see what's happening on a daily basis and can report on it.

The Alzheimer's Association uses the following stages as a guide:

Stage 1: No impairment (normal function)
Stage 2: Very mild cognitive decline (may be normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease).
Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline
Stage 4: Moderate cognitive decline (Mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease)
Stage 5: Moderately severe cognitive decline (Moderate or mid-stage Alzheimer's disease)
Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline (Moderately severe or mid-stage Alzheimer's disease)
Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline (Severe or late-stage Alzheimer's disease)

For more about these stages you may want to read: https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Stages-of-Alzheimers-disease-118964.htm

Take care,
Carol
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