Dad has never been formally diagnosed with Alz by a neurologist, but his PCP and obvious hallmarks have lead us all to that conclusion.
In the last year he has gone from using a walker and needing a bit of help in the bathroom and dressing, following conversations fairly well and having only a bit of trouble finding the right word, to---using a wheelchair, not being able to attend to any of his ADLs (activities of daily living). He also has begun to forget friends, but can still mostly identify family. His ability to follow conversation is gone. His sentences are fragmented and confused. He makes up stories ("this is such a nice school that we're staying in"--he's in assisted living with Mom). He has started sleeping more and more. The one thing he can still do is feed himself and remains friendly to those looking after him.
I know there is no timeline for ALZ, but it feels like he's been in a steep decline in the last month. We'll be visiting with his doctor tomorrow, privately. From your experience, when should we be calling family to come in and say goodbye if they want to? No one has a crystal ball, but I'd hate for some of his children/grandchildren to miss an opportunity.
Thanks so much!