Alzheimer’s disease progressively devastates brain cells and comprises vascular dementia due to decreased flow of blood to the cells of the brain. They say that “No two people are identical” and that phrase holds factual for patients enduring the last (severe) stages of Alzheimer’s—— a form of mental deterioration that deprives a person of his or her ability to reason, remember and function by slaying brain cells bit by bit.
During these relentless stages, there is extensive mutilation of the nerve cells of the brain; as a result the lovely person whom you have known for the last so many years now appear to have changed into a total alien person.
A guideline (determined by The Alzheimer’s Association) regarding the seven stages of this ailment is available to direct the kith and kin through this ailment, which is often difficult to understand.
It is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s that the sickness is most cruel because the patient is by and large completely reliant on someone else who could nourish and nurture them; they may even be unable to walk, sit up or hold their head up.
Since they are incontinent of urine and feces because they fail to keep control over their urinary bladder and bowels due to the rigidity of the muscles; hence toileting them is one of the most crucial responsibilities of their care givers. They need total assistance for dressing and grooming too. Their verbal communication is frequently vague and blurry. During the final stages, their ability to masticate and gobble up is shaken off.
It is during the last stages of this disease that the memories of the patients worsen to the position that they cannot recollect or identify anybody. They are liable to disintegration of their general physical condition and have tendency to various infections especially pneumonitis. This is the stage when they cannot be left all alone and have to be continually guarded and double checked.
They may neither able to grin or act in response to sentiments, feelings and sensations of any kind (as they formerly used to do) nor can they verbalize or converse any more. Nevertheless, if ever they talk or say something they have a tendency to say again the same word or phrase.
At this stage of being bedridden, the patient cannot move willingly. On account of losing weight and convulsions the patient needs to be under continuous medical supervision. Bed sores are a common occurrence because the person’s skin may become delicate and frail and shred straightforwardly.
Alzheimer’s exhibits the real damage and devastation of its headway during the last severe stage of the disease.At this point in the disease, the person may die because he or she experiences the body beginning to shut down, and refuse to eat or drink, quit urinating, sleep much of the time. No doubt, Alzheimer’s is a dreadful disease, not only for the person who is distressed with it but also for their care givers.
It is important that you are aware of the different stages, because the earlier a person can be diagnosed, the quicker some form of medication to slow down the disease can be started.