LATER STAGE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
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