My mom has declined rapidly. She is eating very little and while she has been drinking liquids, today she refused what I tried to give her. She may rebound, but my guess is she is failing. She does not seem to be aware that she may be dying. She laughs and talks about the ALF activities and getting back to the “ball” exercise. When I mentioned that she will not do well if she does not eat, she looks completely puzzled. She may not feel hunger at all.
Here is my question. Do you think dementia patients are intellectually aware when they are dying? Or does the body just slowly shut down? She seems so content and happy. Perhaps that is God’s blessing if that is the case.
Perhaps she will rally and wake up tomorrow hungry and thirsty. We will see. Anything can happen with this disease, I suppose.
Thank you, my friends.