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We all experience forgetfulness occasionally and forget things from time to time because of our busy schedules and for plenty of other reasons. The issue of memory loss, however, becomes more prominent as we age. Progressive memory loss can have serious negative consequences and can be a sign of critical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Over time, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease generally worsens, which may impact an individual’s memory, thinking, and behavior skills.
The condition even leads to a shrinking of the brain cells, which can be fatal as the disease progresses. At times, age can contribute towards the increase in memory-related problems. Treatment of symptoms early on, however, may help reduce the symptoms and slow the progression of memory loss.
When an employee has memory-related issues, it can be challenging for them to perform their duties properly. They tend to forget important tasks and deadlines. Memory loss can impact the ability to perform work accurately and dependable. It often becomes too challenging for an individual to continue working.
Memory loss may sound like a minor problem but can become serious quickly if not treated and detected in time. It is important to address symptoms as soon as you notice them in order to live a healthy life. It can be challenging once the condition becomes critical and begins causing other complications.
Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease can be fatal over time. It is important to understand that Alzheimer’s has three main phases: mild, moderate, and severe. Each stage has specific symptoms, the severity of which increases as the disease progresses. Let us understand the common symptoms of this condition to know how critical the condition can be.
Mild Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
The first stage of the condition can last anywhere from two years to four years. Patients usually experience the following symptoms during the mild stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Drained of energy
- Feeling lethargic throughout the day
- Loss of interest in work and social activities
- Experiencing some language problems
- Unable to express and put thoughts into words
- Memory loss
- Unable to complete everyday tasks
- Mood swings
- Facing issues while driving
- Feeling lost
These symptoms are common and can be caused by several other conditions. Therefore, you should consider getting in touch with a medical professional to determine and evaluate your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will review and help you understand the medical condition. Before beginning the appeal process, you must know what symptoms can qualify for disability benefits.
Moderate Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Symptoms get notably worse during this stage. Memory loss may become more prominent. The moderate stage can last anywhere from two to ten years. It depends on the symptoms that the patient is experiencing.
At this stage, patients may begin to forget everything. They may even fail to recognize their own family members and forget where they are. These are some of the more pronounced symptoms that patients at this stage experience:
- Rambling speech
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Feeling confused
- Easily agitated
- Lashing out at caregivers and family members
Patients are likely to experience these symptoms and become more frustrated at this stage.
Severe Stage of Alzheimer’s Disease
The last stage is the most severe one and may last for around one to three years. At this stage, patients experience possibly all of the symptoms mentioned below:
- Weight loss
- Skin related problems
- Extreme mood swings
- Memory loss
- Confused about what is happening and what happened in the past
- Facing problems controlling bladder and bowels
All of these symptoms can create trouble and may impact how the person performs routine daily activities.
Many people dealing with these symptoms find it challenging to work. If your medical condition limits your ability to work, you should consider applying for Disability Benefits for Alzheimers. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has added early-onset Alzheimer’s to the list of approved conditions. It has been added under the Compassionate Allowance program. Under this program, people with severe disabilities that are likely to result in death may receive benefits faster.
You may still be entitled to benefits even if you do not qualify for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. You can check the eligibility criteria yourself or ask the legal professionals. To be approved, you will have to gather your medical evidence proving the severity of your condition. The SSA will review all the evidence and grant you benefits if you meet the criteria.
They will evaluate the severity of your symptoms and also review your work history. You should obtain the necessary medical documents to ensure a seamless and smooth process. Your chances of being approved for benefits are improved if you have a Pennsylvania Disability Lawyer by your side. Contact a disability attorney to assist you throughout the process.
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