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What Is Moderate Alzheimer's?

Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

Common symptoms in this stage of Alzheimer's disease can include:
  • Changes in behavior, concern for appearance, hygiene, and sleep (which become more noticeable).
  • Inability to identify close relatives (such as thinking a son is a brother or that a wife is a stranger).
  • Poor judgment (This creates safety issues when the person is left alone -- he or she may wander and risk exposure, poisoning, falls, self-neglect, or exploitation.).
  • Difficulty recognizing familiar people and objects. The person may take things belonging to others.
  • Repetition of stories, favorite words, statements, or motions (such as tearing tissues).
  • Engaging in restless, repetitive movements in late afternoon or evening (such as pacing, trying doorknobs, or fingering draperies).
  • Inability to organize thoughts or follow logical explanations.
  • Difficulty completing tasks.
  • Telling stories to fill in gaps in memory.
  • Inability to formulate the correct response to a written request.
  • Inappropriate behavior (such as kicking, hitting, biting, screaming, cursing, or grabbing).
  • Becoming sloppy or forgetting manners.
  • Sensing things that are not there.
  • Making accusations (such as accusing a spouse of an affair or family members of stealing).
  • Frequent napping (or waking up at night and believing it is morning).
  • Difficulty positioning the body to use the toilet or sit in a chair.
  • Thinking that a mirror image is following him or television story is happening to her.
  • Requiring assistance to find the toilet, use the shower, remember to drink, and dress for the weather or occasion.
  • Inappropriate sexual behavior, such as mistaking another individual for a spouse. A person with Alzheimer's disease may forget what is considered private behavior and may disrobe or masturbate in public.
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