She is already later stages. But is she now entering the last stage? I know everyone who suffers with dementia declines at different rates. I have read all about the stages of Dementia. But I would like an opinion, from personal experience.
This is what is currently going on over the past month: Mom is sleeping 12-13 hours at nite and even dozes during the day(3 months ago the woman would only sleep 3-4 hrs/day). Now I have to force her to wake up in the mornings. She used to drop her pants and go to the bathroom anywhere. Now she has no clue that she needs to use the bathroom. I have to force her to sit on toilet. I have noticed that she wants to hold her urine.(she had a severe UTI a few months ago and now her dr tests her every month for an UTI). Mom up until recently was out of control with her anxiety. Now she is very calm and relax almost showing no facial emotion! She really doesn't even want to talk.I have noticed that she is having trouble eating and drinking. Not that she is having trouble swallowing,but is unable to hold her sippy cup right or figure out how to feed herself. She looks at utensils like they are a foreign object, I have tried finger foods (especially sandwiches)and she can't seem to know how to pick them up and eat it. She is also begining not to know her surroundings or who she is. Its not that she is confused, she just doesn't know. Her gait is getting really bad at this rate I don't know how much longer be able to take her out without use of a transport chair.
Mom has hit bumps in the road before and bounced back to a degree. But this time it feels different. If she is moving into the end of Dementia I would like to know what to really start watching for and what to expect? I want her to remain at home for as long as she can. If she is now entering last stage of Dementia, does she have months or years before I need to consider placement outside of her home?