The progression of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

Each person experiences dementia in their own way, but the way the condition progresses can be seen as a series of stages. This page outlines the characteristics of the early, middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and briefly looks at how other forms of dementia progress.

While it can be helpful for planning ahead to have some awareness of the likely progression of a person’s dementia, it is important to realise that everyone’s experience will be different. It is much more important to focus on trying to live well with dementia, meeting the needs of the person at that time, than to focus only on which stage they are in.