In later stage Alzheimer’s disease, the person becomes completely dependent upon a caregiver for many aspects of daily life.

Persons with later stage Alzheimer’s disease may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Severely impaired memory, which can manifest as...

    • Little or no short-term
    • Very impaired long-term memory
  • Difficulty communicating, which can manifest as...

    • Inability to speak or severely impaired speech
    • Impaired ability to understand language
  • Inability to recognize people, which can manifest as...

    • Inability to recognize one’s spouse
    • Not recognizing oneself in the mirror
  • Need for assistance, which can manifest as...

    • Needing help with all activities of daily living
    • Need for constant supervision
  • Difficulty remembering how to eat, which can manifest as...

    • Difficulty coordinating the steps of biting, chewing, and swallowing
    • Weight loss
  • Difficulty coordinating movements, which can manifest as...

    • Unsteady gait
    • Fumbling when grasping for objects
    • Difficulty holding on to objects
  • Increased frailty, which can manifest as...

    • General weakness
    • Increased susceptibility to infection and other physical illnesses
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

  • Upset sleep cycle

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