As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. But what does Alzheimer’s exactly do to the brain?
Alzheimer’s has effects on certain parts of the brain that controls your memory, thought and even speech. It is a progressive disease the develops in stages from mild to severe. When one has Alzheimer’s, it stems from the abnormal buildup of plaques between the nerve cells inside the brain.
Stages of Alzheimer’s
- Early Stage (Mild)
Alzheimer’s starts with minor cognitive problems that causes confusion, mood swings, forgetfulness and even issues with planning. At this stage, the plaques and tangles start to form in the brain.
- Middle Stage (Moderate)
At this stage, people will be more confused and have issues with communicating and struggle with remembering. Changes in personality and behaviors are also common. This is when more plaques and tangles develop and actually spread to the area of the brain that impacts speech.
- Late Stage (Severe)
This stage is usually when people are unable to take care of themselves. The brain’s outer layer has permanent damage. This layer is linked to memory, thinking and movement. Due to cell death, the brain ends up physically shrinking.
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