What If Stepping into the Later Stages of Dementia?

Q:
What if stepping into the later stages of dementia?

A:
The later stages of dementia can be a challenging time both for the person experiencing dementia and for those caring for them.

In brief, people in the later stages of dementia become more and more weak and depend more on other people for support.

Memory

  • Patients at that time are likely to have significant memory loss and cognitive difficulties.
  • Recent memories may be lost completely (for example, what they had for breakfast or when they last saw a friend).
  • The person may no longer be able to recognise themselves or other people such as their partner, friends and family.

Movements

In fact, they may gradually lose their ability to walk, stand or get themselves up from the chair or bed. Even if they succeed, they may also be more likely to fall.

Complications

Patients at this time are quite vulnerable to other diseases and infections. In fact, infections such as urinary tract infections can increase confusion in people with dementia. Also, they can speed up the progression of the condition.

Pain

Pain is always disturbing. But people in the later stages of dementia may not be able to verbally communicate it. The person may be unable to tell you they are in pain, and as a result they may start to behave in ways that are unusual.

Even death is the last station, care from family and friends is essential. Caring for a person in the later stages of dementia can be very challenging, but also very rewarding.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.