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What are the end stages of Alzheimer's?

In the end stages, someone with Alzheimer’s may not be able to move around on one’s own. Laying in bed most of the time. Being unable to speak and needing help with almost all daily activities. Losing the ability to swallow can be an indicator of being close to the end. Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease

Someone who can identify when someone is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s can be a hospice and palliative care expert.

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What does the end of Alzheimer’s look like?
How to support Alzheimer’s caregivers when the end approaches?
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About the Author

What does the end of Alzheimer’s look like?

Alzheimer’s disease ends fatally. Thus, the end of it is nearing death. Alzheimer’s patients are bed-bound, now. Being vulnerable to different conditions like blood clots, sepsis, and skin infections. Body-wide inflammation is triggered by sepsis and leads to organ failure. One of the various fatal ends of Alzheimer’s disease.

Aspiration pneumonia is another contributing cause of death for someone with Alzheimer’s.

It can be described as a sort of lung infection.

This typically occurs after brain damage in areas responsible for the ability to swallow.

Drinking and eating become increasingly difficult.

Individuals start to swallow food into the windpipe (trachea) instead of the food pipe (esophagus). Commonly resulting in a lung infection caused by food particles accumulating in the lungs. (Quote All you need to know about Alzheimer’s)

The story of Mrs. Rose:

Mrs. Rose was diagnosed with severe Alzheimer’s when she lost her ability to swallow food. Feed tubing helped to keep her alive for weeks.

However, she tried to pull out the tube multiple times.

She probably did so because she was confused about what was going on.

Being connected to a machine might have scared her.

Just hours before her death she suffered from shortness of breath. She kissed her husband Mr. Rose goodbye the same day.

Just when Mr. Rose arrived at home, the telephone rang.

A voice on the other end told him that his wife just passed away a few minutes ago.

Besides, atrophy and inflammation can be associated with the disease, too.

In the “All you need to know about Alzheimer’s” guide you can read about those two common processes that happen due to Alzheimer’s.

It can shed light on how exactly the brain deteriorates.

How to support Alzheimer’s caregivers when the end approaches?

A caregiver could need help with their grief or an upcoming depression. Both can be treated by a psychotherapist. Thus, making sure that the caregiver receives professional help is vital. Besides, family caregivers might need financial support because they cut hours in their main job.

Caring for the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s can be extremely demanding.

Many feelings are involved when the end of a patient approaches.

Feeling fatigued, depressed, down, or without perspective are common among caregivers.

There is one feeling I would like to point out as normal, too:

Feeling relieved that the person dies for oneself as for the person who suffered, is normal.

It proves that a caregiver cares.

Family members can find support in either the nursing home or at a therapist.

So this is the end. At least for this article.

I hope this sheds some light on what's going to happen.

However, feeling relief is normal.

Just make sure to seek professional care for yourself.

You matter, too

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Patric Pförtner

B. Sc. Psychology

Hi, my name is Patric Pfoertner and I graduated 2020 from the NBU. Currently, I work and study in Germany. My specialisations are Cognitive Psychology paired with a good slack of Clinical Psychology. Just this year I started publishing my research in the CBB Journal. Feel free to read about it at ResearchGate. Otherwise, click the other button to read my full CV.

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