Alzheimer’s Disease | Symptoms & Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

2. Cognitive problems

Patients with Alzheimer’s have difficulties in thinking, reasoning, judgment, making reasonable decisions, planning, and multitasking. It is difficult for these patients to concentrate and think, especially with concepts, such as numbers. For example, they can’t easily manage financial issues, such as paying a bill. As the disease progresses, they may be unable to deal with numbers or recognize them.

Also, these patients face problems in making reasonable decisions and judgment in the situations of everyday life. For example, they may wear clothes unsuitable for the weather. They can’t respond to everyday problems, such as burning food or driving problems, because the disease impairs problem-solving skills.

Tasks that require successive steps represent a challenge for these patients, even familiar tasks. These can’t cook a meal, play a game, or open a computer. As the disease progresses, the patient may lose the ability to do basic tasks, such as bathing, dressing, and eating, which may affect the patient’s hygiene. Thus, the patient needs a caregiver who helps him in his daily and essential activities.