Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST)
One of the most comprehensive AD staging tools is called the FAST (the Functional Assessment Staging Test), which was developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg. This staging tool provides a clear understanding of the progression of Alzheimer's disease from start to finish. Each stage of the FAST has a well defined duration and set of cognitive and behavioral abilities affected. Each stage of the FAST also indicates the individualIs mental or developmental age so that you know what is appropriate stimulation. The FAST stages are also correlated with one of the most commonly used dementia tests, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).