End-of-life Care for People with Dementia

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As people with dementia reach the end of life, caregivers may face special challenges. Because people with advanced dementia can no longer communicate clearly, they cannot share their concerns. Palliative care or hospice can be helpful in many ways to families of people with dementia.

At the end of life, sensory connections—targeting someone’s senses, like hearing, touch, or sight—can bring comfort. Being touched or massaged can be soothing. Listening to music, white noise, or sounds from nature seem to relax some people and lessen their agitation.

Learn more about end-of-life care decisions for people with dementia including understanding dementia progression and support available for caregivers.

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