August 02 2015
Written By
Barbara Karnes, RN
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Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients and Hospice

Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients and Hospice


Barbara - July 13 2018

Hi Lisa, As you know first hand living and caring for someone with dementia is exhausting and heartbreaking. The not knowing (since there seems to be no hard and fast guidelines that the disease follows) makes all this even more difficult. I don’t know if your grandfather has entered the actual dying process yet. He will but now it is hard to tell. Watch his weight loss for a steady decline. With dementia the only indication that a person has entered the dying process is not eating enough calories to maintain the body. I would think 2 bowls of cereal is not enough but how much does he weigh now? Does he have body fat to draw from? These are things that affect not eating. I can say that from what you have told me we are not looking at weeks (unless something happens not related to dementia) and it could be many, many months. You might find my booklet How Do I Know You? helpful.
I know how difficult this is. My blessings and thoughts are with you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime.

Lisa mcnab - July 13 2018

Hi my grandad has vascular dementia think he’s had it about 4 years not too sure he is 86 years old, he now has lost so much weight, having maybe 2 bowls of Cereal in a 24 hour period and not drinking really anything, he can talk but not good maybe just a couple of words but he also feel like he’s struggling for breath although he says he’s not, do you think he is in the dying process , this disease is horrible as you don’t know what is coming next would be nice just to have a bit more insight as too how far along he is please help me :(

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