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End- Stage Dementia: When to Seek Hospice Care

Dementia is a progressive illness for which there is currently no cure. Each person stricken with dementia will experience the disease differently, meaning it is impossible to predict precisely how an individual’s dementia will progress. It is also impossible to predict how long a person will survive when in the throes of end-stage dementia. Commonalities In End-Stage Dementia The term “dementia” actually refers to a category of diseases, each causing memory loss and deterioration of mental and physical functions. It is a result of physical changes in the brain, and it grows worse over time. The symptoms may progress rapidly, or it can take years to reach end-stage conditions. The course of

The Long Goodbye: Coping with Sadness and Grief Before A Loved One Dies

For years before her death at age 96, Nancy Lundebjerg’s mother underwent a long, slow decline. Arthritis made it hard for Margaret Lundebjerg to get around. After two hip surgeries, she needed a walker when she was out and about. Incontinence was a source of discomfort, as was the need to rely on aides to help her perform daily chores. Little by little, Margaret became frail and isolated. “There was a sadness to seeing my mother’s circle of life become diminished,” said Nancy Lundebjerg, 58, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society, who wrote about her experiences in the organization’s journal. To Read more Click Here:

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