Preparing for Changes Ahead
Preparing for Changes Ahead

Part 1: Late Stage Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease typically follows certain stages which will bring about changes in the person's and family's lives. Because the disease affects each individual differently, the symptoms, the order in which they appear and the duration of each stage vary from person to person. In most cases, the disease progresses slowly, and the symptoms of each stage may overlap, often making the move from one stage to another quite subtle. The duration of the disease is usually seven to ten years but may be much longer in some people.

The stages of Alzheimer's disease are commonly referred to as "early", "middle" and "late".  "End of life" is described as when the person nears death and comfort measures become the focus.

The late stage of Alzheimer's disease may also be called "severe" or "advanced." People in the late stage have decreased mental ability. Eventually, they become unable to communicate verbally or look after themselves. They also become more frail physically and need 24-hour care. The goal of care at this stage is to continue to support the person to ensure the highest quality of life possible.

Take the quiz below to learn some helpful tips for addressing care issues in the late stage of Alzheimer's disease.

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Helpful Tips to Address Care Issues in the Late Stage

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Additional Reading

Progression Series: Overview

Progression Series: Late Stage

A Handbook for Care

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