Alzheimer`s Disease/end stage alzheimers


Pik wrote at 2011-05-12 00:23:00
Thank you Mary. I take care of my mother at home, and from what I read from your answer I now know she is in now in stage 7 . I was in denial when she was diagnosed as having AD, I once dreaded the day she would turn incontinent ,at one time  would sing with her in front of selfish relatives  to prove to that this once selfless and caring lady that was once "loved" was still consious and in need of  their seems so long wago now.

If we've got this far, we can face the end. The person is ours and deserves to go gently and with dignity.

diane wrote at 2013-01-27 17:47:03
This is the best answer to the questions I have had regarding this horrible disease. From March till Dec we were told that my 88 year old Dad had ALS and as it turns out it was a combination of ALS and Alzymers. He is in stage 7 around the 7D level. It is soo hard to watch and I truly wish he would just go to sleep peacefully as I also have an 86 year old mom with a heart condition. The stress of this is hard on all of us. So thank you for this insite it has made my travel on this journey much less lonely.

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Mary Gordon


Several years direct experience as caregiver for family member who died of end stage AD. Did lots of research and dealt with a lot of health care professionals and caregivers over the 7 years from diagnosis to the end. Used various care options from community based resources to increasing levels of institutional. Mother of three, two born during our loved one's decline, so I know what it is to be the ham in the sandwich, taking care of the older generation and the younger at the same time and trying to balance everyone`s needs. Ask me, I`ve probably been there, done that. We made lost of mistakes and learned everything the hard way - but you don`t have to! If I can`t answer your question, I`ll steer you to a place or person who can.


Currently a program manager for a large utility company. My Alzheimers experience comes from having the illness in our family. Out of necessity, we did a lot of research in order to understand the disease, plan for what might come next, and make the right decisions to help and support our loved one. Please note, I am a Canadian living in Toronto, and therefore am not the best person to ask about US regulations and insurance rules!

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