Severe Dementia Articles

  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

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  • Are Advanced Alzheimer's Patients Aware of Their Surroundings?

    Differing opinions exist as to whether people are aware of people and their surroundings during the last stages of Alzheimer's disease. As abilities and communication decline, loved ones are left to wonder if their care efforts are worthwhile.

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  • How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain

    Alzheimer's disease is not natural aging. It is a progressive disease that causes the abnormal death of brain cells. The initial symptoms include memory loss, but as the disease progresses, it is important to be prepared for increasing levels of care.

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  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

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  • An Overview of Alzheimer's Disease

    Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include memory loss, language deterioration, poor judgment, confusion, mood swings, and behavior change. Eventually Alzheimer's destroys cognition, personality, and the body's ability to function.

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  • Will Medicare or Medicaid pay for a nursing home for someone who has advanced Alzheimer's?

    My 81-year-old father is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and needs to be moved to a nursing home. Will Medicaid pay?

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