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End of Life Care

Introduction

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At the end of their lives, most people with Alzheimer's disease are being cared for in a care home. The care required is extensive and is very difficult for family members to manage on their own.

In this session we'll review in more depth what to expect during end stage dementia.  You will also learn how to interact with and provide comfort to the person who is near the end of his or her life.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this session, you will be able to:

  • Define palliative care.
  • Understand the changes and what to expect during the last days of life.
  • Identify events preceding active dying in late stage dementia.
  • Identify cues for pain and discomfort and how to provide comfort for the person with dementia.

Work through the various parts of the session at your leisure.  Move from one part to another at your own pace and in the order that makes sense to you, based on your own needs and interests.

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Summary

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Congratulations!  You've successfully completed Session 16.

In this session you learned more about what to expect during end stage dementia.  You also learned about how to interact with and provide comfort to a person who is near the end of his or her life.

The Alzheimer Society in your community can provide educational resources to help you learn more about the disease, referrals to help you access the practical support you need, and one-on-one and group support to help you cope with the emotional impact of the disease.  Contact your local Alzheimer Society today.

Note: This online version of the Seeds of Hope Family Learning Series provides guidance but it is not intended to replace the advice of a health care professional.  Consult your health care provider about changes in the person's condition, or if you have questions or concerns.