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My mother, 89 years old, is in a hospice facility and was recently diagnosed as being in "end stage Alzheimers." She had been in an assisted living facility, but was transferred to the hospice because the other facility determined that they could not do anything for her.

My MIL has been this way for 5 years. In my support group, the main symptom that the end is within a couple of months is when they slow or stop eating along with weight loss
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I checked your profile and see that you have been active on the forum for a while now - have you never looked up the stages of Alzheimer's?
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/stages-of-alzheimers-disease-118964.htm

People don't usually go from diagnosis to end stage in under a year, in fact 5 - 10 years or more is the norm. I don't know what is going on with your mother but it sounds very confusing.
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About all I can tell you is that she started acting strange last year, about mid-July...my aunt was visiting. My Mom stuck a couple of ragged pieces of toilet paper into her ears and came to the dinner table. I asked her why... she has been hard of hearing for several years so I speak louder when talking to her. She shrieked at me with some incomprehensible reply and my aunt asked, "What's the matter with you?!" So she has had mental aberrations for well over a year...I don't know how long the "end stage" would last.
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Most ALs are not able to properly take care of any kind of advanced disease be it dementia or something else, that is why there are nursing homes. Since Alz is a very lengthy disease and even "end stage" may last years it can be difficult to pinpoint when someone has reached the final months, but she qualified for hospice so someone must have felt that she fit the criteria. Would you care to share any more details?
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Because most people don't actually die of the Alzheimers, I don't think there is any meaningful average. Sorry.
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