Scales

Cognitive Abilities

Alzheimer’s disease impacts your loved one’s cognitive functioning. You and your family members witness their memory loss and experience their loss of ability to reason, problem solve, plan, follow directions and more.

The stages of cognitive function relating to Alzheimer’s disease are scored on the Global Dementia Scale (Global Deterioration Scale).

Functional Abilities

Less commonly understood is that Alzheimer’s also reduces your loved one’s physical function. It can come as a surprise to family members that their loved one’s ability to dress, bathe independently and do common activities are also symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The stages of physical function relating to Alzheimer’s disease are scored on the Functional Assessment Staging Test (FAST).