Sunday, January 15, 2006

Reisburg's global deterioration scale

(see Table 15) Reisburg's Global Deterioration Scale consists of the seven stages of Alzheimer's disease. Reisburg's cognitive rating scale measures five areas of deterioration; concentration, recent memory, past memory, orientation, and self-care. The first two stages on the scale are virtually indistinguishable from normal aging. In the third stage, also called the borderline stage, the victim begins to experience diminished performance on the job.
The fourth stage, early Alzheimer's, is when many patients are diagnosed. In this stage, the victims exhibit a decreased ability to do things such as planning dinner, handling finances, and shopping. The fifth stage of the illness is called the moderate stage. During this stage the patient can no longer survive without assistance for dressing, eating, and mobility.
The sixth and seventh stages of the disease are called the late stages. During the sixth stage the victims can only speak five or six words and can walk. In the seventh stage the victim can only sit up and smile.
Roach, M. "Reflection in a fatal Mirror," in Aging, Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 83. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.


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