What Are the Symptoms of Severe Dementia?

Q:
What are the symptoms of severe dementia?

A:
The symptoms of dementia worsen over time, although the rate at which the disease progresses varies. Finally, the later stages of dementia can be challenging both for the patient himself and for those close to them.

In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases, but communicating becomes difficult.

Specifically, at this stage, individuals may experience problems with the following:

  • Need round-the-clock assistance with daily activities and personal care
  • Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings
  • Experience changes in physical abilities, including the ability to walk, sit and, eventually, swallow
  • Have increasing difficulty communicating
  • Become vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia

When dementia gets severe, patients need extensive help with daily activities. So when you notice the early symptoms of the condition, turn to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment right away.

 

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