At this stage, the person's problems are more apparent and disabling. A person with moderate Alzheimer's disease is not able to live independently and requires significant day-to-day support.
During the moderate phase of dementia, the person may:
- be very forgetful of current or recent events - memory of the distant past seems better, but some details may be forgotten or confused
- be confused regarding time and place
- become lost more easily
- forget names of family or friends, or confuse one family member with another
- forget saucepans and kettles on the stove or leave the gas lit
- be less able to perform simple calculations
- show poor judgement and make poor decisions
- wander around streets, perhaps at night, sometimes becoming lost
- behave inappropriately - for example, going outdoors in their nightwear
- see or hear things that are not there or become suspicious of others
- become very repetitive
- be neglectful of hygiene or eating
- be unable to choose appropriate clothing for the weather of occasion
- become angry, upset or distressed through frustration.