As far as family members becoming aware of one of their family members dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s , it’s not till the middle stages that the family sits up and takes notice and suddenly realise that there are certain things going on full time help is definitely on the horizon or changes will soon need to be made. Grandpa is losing it and grandma needs help, Now!
Anger, paranoia, inappropriate sexual behavior are all possibilities and at this stage hallucinations and violence can also be common during this period. Questions or phrases may be repeated numerous times and simple daily tasks like bathing , eating and what to wear suddenly become major concerns and monumental tasks at this stage demanding much more time and discussion than normal. There could also be the person loss of doing reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as verbal and spatial comprehension could decrease greatly during this time. Sadly the ability to remember the names of family and good friends consistently can leave during this time
During this time patients with moderate dementia often choose to “fake it”, so that friends and family members will not recognise the level of decline taking place. The sad partis that at this level there come loss awareness of one’s own environment, like not being able to remember the names of close companions they have lived with and around for years such as their caregivers and especially their spouse. Change in sleep patterns, loss of judgement, communication skills and coordination, tendency to wander and get lost as my grandfather did. Mood changes often associated with anxiety and depression and trouble tending to or controlling bladder or bowl functions. the patient at this stage can no longer live alone and the primary caregiver such as a spouse or adult child will definitely need the help of an aide or adult or adult daycare center
INdividuals in these last stages of alzheimer’s disease need constant supervision, and if family members are not able to provide this care , they will require professional caregivers.Patients in this stage require constant attention and being reminded of many of the activities of daily living including bowel and bladder functions.
ALzheimer’s disease accounts for over 60 to 8o per cent of dementia cases, which causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior that slowly worsens over time. In the late stages of the condition patients suffer from loss of appetite and lose the ability to communicate verbally, move without assistance, and recognise family members and friends Death usually comes as a result from aspiration, pneumonia, infection. or coronary arrest.
Hospice care either in a facility or in the home focuses on providing comfort and quality of life by supporting the physical. emotional and spiritual needs of the individual with Alzheimer’s disease as well as the family members. Families should contact hospice early on in the disease to see what types of aid and services they offer.
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