The Stages of Alzheimer’s and My Mom

Narrated by David Hyde Pierce from Frasier, the clear and concise video below has helped me understand the approximate stage of Alzheimer’s my mom is in.   The brain function descriptions without all the medical gobbly goop is as refreshing as it is educational.

It’s obvious that my mom’s Alzheimer’s is progressing along the described path.   According to this video, there are 7 steps in the progression of the disease, and I would say that my mother is in Stage 4, moving into Stage 5.  This is how the video description is playing out in my mom’s life:

1.  Mom has zero short term memory.  She doesn’t remember what she did yesterday, 2 hours ago, or 2 minutes ago.  She repeats herself quite a bit.

2.  Mom’s words are disappearing.   She has great difficulty forming coherent sentences and uses “filler” words and phrases to help with communication.  Quite often, the end of her sentences have nothing to do with the beginning.

3.  Mom can no longer solve problems, grasp concepts and make plans .  She can’t be left alone because her lack of judgement and problem solving makes her a risk to herself.  She is not able to accomplish a task without one on one guidance.

4.  Mom has become more emotional and I hear that she has her moods, but unfortunately, I haven’t been with her enough lately to witness her mood swings.

The remaining stages are approaching quickly, as there’s already been incidence of hallucinations. The average Alzheimer’s course is 8 to 10 years, and my mom is in her 7th.

Click on the video below to see how Alzheimer’s disease moves through the brain.

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Comments

  1. Lynda Hall says:

    Thanks for this Joanne. It would have been so helpful with Grandma Hall – especially to anticipate what was coming. Uncle John seems in the clear , so far – no signs.

    • Joanne Leonardis says:

      Yes, isn’t that great information?! I’m so glad Uncle John is in the clear so far. Knock wood. I’m off to Mpls. tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to writing from there.

  2. Laura Van Landingham says:

    Thanks for posting the video. I have a greater understanding of this wretched disease.

    • Joanne Leonardis says:

      You are so welcome! That’s a pretty awesome video and it’s been helpful for me as well.

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