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End of Life: How to Be There for a Person With Dementia

Dementia is a disease that causes the gradual loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning abilities, and eventually leads to death. However, even in the advanced stages of dementia, a person can benefit from emotional and spiritual help. Two different ways to support a person with dementia are through: Explore more ways you can help with end-of-lifeContinue reading “End of Life: How to Be There for a Person With Dementia”

End-of-life Care for People with Dementia

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,Continue reading “End-of-life Care for People with Dementia”

End-of-life care options for people with Alzheimer’s

Caring for someone in the final stage of life is always hard. It may be even harder when the person has Alzheimer’s disease. Palliative care provides comfort care, along with any medical treatments a person might be receiving for a life-threatening illness. When a person is near the end of life, hospice care gives familyContinue reading “End-of-life care options for people with Alzheimer’s”

Dementia and End of Life Decision-Making

Making care decisions for a person with dementia near the end of life can be hard for caregivers. Because people with advanced dementia can no longer communicate clearly, they cannot share their wishes and concerns. You may have to make treatment decisions based on the person’s comfort at one end of the spectrum and extendingContinue reading “Dementia and End of Life Decision-Making”