Alzheimer's Disease Stages: Symptoms and Signs (cont.)
Symptoms of Late Stage of Alzheimer's Disease
- Complete loss of short- and long-term memory, potentially even the inability to recognize even close relatives and friends.
- Complete dependence on others for everyday activities including eating and using the toilet.
- Urinary or stool incontinence.
- Severe disorientation- including wandering and getting lost.
- Heightened behavior or personality changes such as hostility or aggressiveness, may be apparent.
- Individuals lose their mobility and may be unable to walk or move or even sit without help.
- Impaired ability to communicate.
- Other movements, such as swallowing are impaired, which increases the risk of malnutrition, choking, and aspiration.
- Interpreting and using basic body language is still possible.
- Individuals can usually still understand and experience sensory information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
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