Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative, progressive brain condition characterized by declines in cognitive functioning such as memory, critical thinking skills, and the ability to perform tasks. Because memory loss is a normal effect of aging, it’s often easy to mistake early signs of Alzheimer’s for forgetfulness. If you are, or a loved one is, living with the disease, you may find our practical guide to living at home with Alzheimer’s useful.
There are seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease distinguished between the normal aging process and the signs of Alzheimer’s. The progression of the disease is measured using the FAST scale, or Functional Staging Assessment scale.
The FAST scale measures the decline of an Alzheimer’s patient’s cognitive functioning. It was developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg, director of the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Research Program at New York University Langone Health.
Each stage is distinct, but because of the steady decline in the cognitive functioning of the brain, there can be some overlap between the stages. Because of this, it’s helpful to view the FAST scale as a spectrum.
As measured by the FAST scale, there are seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Each stage is characterized as follows:
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re not alone. Approximately 5.7 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to increase to 14 million by 2050.
The good news is that the Fedelta Home Care provides professional home caregivers so you can worry less about finding the right home care agency and focus on staying comfortable. For more information about home care assistance and the geriatric care we provide, contact Fedelta Home Care today.