Nearly half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.
An explanation of the staging system used as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia helps caregivers in understanding the levels of diminishing cognition and bodily functions that occur throughout the disease.
Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease. For families whose loved one suffers, the question that eventually comes to mind is: "Will I get Alzheimer's if my parent has it?" In some cases, Alzheimer's might be hereditary.