Healthy Living

Talking to Someone at Different Stages of Alzheimer's

Reactions to the late stages of Alzheimer's

At this stage, the patient may have lost all the ability to communicate. Cognitive skills continue to deteriorate and family and friends might see significant changes in personality. Extensive care is required and this is the point where the patient will require 24/7 care. They may also lose the ability to talk and even sit.  Late stage Alzheimer’s patients become very vulnerable to infection and, if the disease has progressed enough, will lose the ability to swallow and eat.

This is where a patient’s circle of support should make the patient as comfortable as possible. Try to surround them with familiar objects. Even though the patient may not respond, continue to tell them stories and read to them. Play some favorite songs from the past and simply hold their hand.