Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, symptoms can be mild and may only be recognizable to close family members and friends. Over time, they become more noticeable. The individual may forget to pay bills, wander or get lost, and experience mood changes such as aggression and/or anxiety.
Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s typically occurs after the appearance of these symptoms. While it’s a lot to adjust to, this is the best time to start planning so you or your loved one remains safe and comfortable as the disease progresses. This includes making legal and financial plans and formalizing a support network, which can include both family and professional caregivers. Having the right structure and coping mechanisms in place is critical for being able to stay safely at home for as long as possible.