Four Symptoms in Late Stage Dementia

Hospice Elder Care in Yuba City CAThe final stages of dementia include worsening of symptoms you’ve already been helping your senior to manage, but they can become even more severe than they’ve been in the past. The more that you understand these symptoms, the easier it can be to help your elderly family member to stay as comfortable as possible.

Extreme Difficulty Communicating

Dementia already creates problems with communication. Your senior might have already had difficulty with language, but as her dementia progresses she may have even more difficulty. She might be unable to come up with words on her own and yet still be able to respond to you enough to indicate yes or no. Or she might even get to the point where she’s not able to respond even that much. This can be frustrating for both of you, but paying attention to her body language and to non-verbal cues can help.

Increased Memory Loss

Your senior probably already has a great deal of memory loss, but in the later stages of dementia this is probably way more pronounced than it has been. She may have no sense of time, in terms of whether she’s in the present or in the past. Because of that, she might not recognize herself any longer or she might mistake you for a different family member. This can all be incredibly confusing for her and may cause her to withdraw even more.

Decreased Mobility

As she ages and as her dementia worsens, your senior might forget how to do certain things or she might become more clumsy and accident-prone when she is up and moving around. All of that can make her more likely to avoid moving as much. But she may also start to experience greater muscle wasting and that can keep her from being active at all. In fact, it may be dangerous for her to try to be mobile.

Trouble Eating and Maintaining Weight

As her dementia worsens, your senior may become less and less able to eat. If she has other health issues, such as trouble with her mouth or teeth, that can be a contributing factor, too. She may start to forget how or when to swallow, which creates other problems around eating and nutrition. Your senior may need for you to feed her, especially if she’s unable to use utensils on her own any longer.

It’s difficult to deal with some of these concerns on your own. Especially in the later stages, your senior’s condition is likely becoming more and more complicated. Hospice elder care providers know what to expect from the later stages of dementia and they can help both of you to cope.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING HOSPICE ELDER CARE IN YUBA CITY, CA, FOR AN AGING LOVED ONE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT PIC COMFORT CARE TODAY. CALL (530) 885-9948.

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