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Stages of Alzheimer's disease

Gradual onset:

Impaired memoryLanguage difficultyImpaired judgmentLack of spontaneitySocial difficultiesDepression, terror

Steady progress:

WanderingRepetitive behaviorDisorientationTwitching, seizuresDifficulty thinkingAgitation

Terminal stage:

Complete dependenceInability to recognize peopleSevere speech impairmentEmaciationTotal loss of body control

Course of disease varies greatly, averaging eight to 10 years

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