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Early stage

The early stage of Alzheimer's disease (also referred to as "mild Alzheimer's disease") refers to people of any age who have mild impairment. This differs from the term "early onset," which refers to people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at a younger age than usual.

Some people aren’t aware that they have the disease during this stage, and they may not be diagnosed until they are past it.

Common symptoms in the early stage include forgetfulness, communication difficulties, and changes in mood and behaviour. People in this stage often need little help. They may understand how they are changing and be able to talk to others about their experience of living with the disease. They may also wish to help plan and direct their future care.

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Last Updated: 09/11/12