Late-Stage SymptomsAlthough each person with Alzheimer's is unique, most individuals affected by the disease progress through a similar series of stages. Each stage is characterized by more serious symptoms, with the late stage requiring total care around the clock.
Late-Stage Digestive IssuesPeople with late-stage Alzheimer's are at higher risk for malnutrition because of problems with eating and swallowing. They can also experience changes in bowel and bladder function, such as constipation or incontinence. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help your loved one eat and drink safely and improve bowel and bladder regularity.
Late-Stage Medical IssuesIn late-stage Alzheimer's, becoming chair-bound or bed-bound poses serious risks to your loved one's body, skin, and the strength of his or her immune system. Learn how to address immobility and reduce your relative's risk for infections with these caregiving techniques and precautions.
- Addressing Immobility in Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease
- Reducing the Risk for Infection and Illness in Late-Stage Alzheimer's
Late-Stage Quality of LifeIt's important to keep your loved one comfortable during the late stages of Alzheimer's, but this can be challenging because the disease affects your relative's ability to tell you when he or she is uncomfortable. Still, it's crucial to continue communicating and providing comfort by nurturing your personal connection with your loved one. There are several ways to recognize pain and provide comfort during late-stage Alzheimer's disease.
Late-Stage Coping and Anticipatory GriefWhile late-stage Alzheimer's creates many practical caregiving challenges, the hardest part of caregiving is often the risk of caregiver burnout and the grief that caregivers feel while their loved ones are still alive. Learn how to avoid caregiver burnout and how to work through grief and loss while you care for your relative.