Here, we’ll walk through 10 indicators that your loved one could have early-stage Alzheimer’s, and may need to be diagnosed by a medical professional.Read more
Stage 7: Very severe cognitive decline (severe dementia)
When your loved one reaches stage 7, they’ll need significant help with basic actions like walking, eating, swallowing and sitting up. Most of their communication will be non-verbal, and they may not be able to recognize when they’re hungry or thirsty. Sometimes, it may be hard to tell whether they’re aware of your presence at all. As much as you may want to continue taking care of your loved one, it may become increasingly clear that full-time professional help is necessary. However, this doesn’t have to mean moving your loved one out of the home. Many families choose to hire in-home nurses and/or hospice caregivers, who specialize in keeping people with late-stage Alzheimer’s as comfortable as possible.
Here, we’ll examine the upsides and downsides of each possibility — so you can make an informed decision that’ll give your loved one an optimal quality of life.Read more