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Alzheimer's Mom losing ability to distinguish color, dressing herself and watch TV. Any advice?

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Are these all common aspects of Alzheimer's Stage 6 illness? My 84-year old mother with Alzheimer's Disease seems to be losing cognitive abilities in areas we used to help coach her along. She appears to be losing the ability to understand the meaning of different colors, which I first noticed in a button sorting game we do, then in coloring, and now with clothes. She seems to increasingly not understand the difference in colors. Her ability to dress herself (we lay everything out) is also becoming more difficult. This morning she had no idea how to put a shirt on. We used to watch TV, but now I see her eyes wandering vacantly into space. I ask her about the TV, but she doesn't even know where it is at, when it is right in front of her, she points to the window or the corner when I ask about the TV. Thank God she is still continent. Are these common aspects of Alzheimer's Stage 6?

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My mother is also starting to have trouble taking medicine pills. She used to hide them, and I thought we were over that. Yesterday she started chewing them, and I got that stopped after I found she spit them all out. Tonight another spitting out of pills in a dixie cup. So I started giving her just one pill at a time, sitting their watch her take that pill, then the next, etc. I am starting to look for a caregiver to help dress her. I am basically at a level where she is only able to comprehend cartoons on TV (she remembers Popeye the sailor man), when she can understand where the TV is, and is able to color a bit. I am trying to keep her at home. But I think I am getting over my head what I can do at home. When she was able to take medicine, put on clothes, at least look at TV, it was difficult but manageable, but I think this year is going to see those days behind me.

I can only imagine what lies ahead and I will look back and think these are the "good old days." Grim, grim, grim.
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There is an excellent summary of Alzheimer's stages on this site: https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Stages-of-Alzheimers-disease-118964.htm

I'm not sure how it fits into the stages but what you are describing is definitely the progression of dementia.

When my husband could no longer follow programs on tv he did enjoy dvds of old favorites. Watching old Hogan's Heroes without commercials held his attention. He knew the characters and probably vaguely remembered the plot lines. This extended the time he got pleasure from watching television. Also nature programs without commercials were entertaining without requiring a complex plot.

I hope that all of you can adjust to this new reality. Dementia is a hard journey, isn't it?
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