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Saturday, December 11, 2010 Carol, Community Member, asks

Q: Weight loss problems and dementia.

I was wondering if it's true that when a person is in end stage dementia no matter how much they eat they won't gain weight. I was told by a friend about 8-9 months ago when her mother-in-law passed that she kept losing weight even through she was eating because her organs weren't working correctly anymore. My mother is down to 85 lbs. but still eats two meals a day and some small snacks. Is this true?

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
12/12/10 7:17am

I'm not a medical person, but I'd say that makes sense. My mother also lost weight the same way. When the body isn't working well, nutrients aren't always absorbed, and that can include calories. Many people, in the end stages of life, get very, very thin.

 

Blessings, Carol. You are in a hard time right now. I've been where you are and I really do "feel your pain." You are awesome and loving.

Carol

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Carol, Community Member
12/12/10 1:03pm

Hi Carol, Thank you for answering my question, and thank you so much for the kind words. Take care, Carol

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
12/12/10 1:26pm

You're welcome, Carol. My thoughts are with you. This is a tough time to go through this, but I guess there's never an easy time.

Blessings,

Carol

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Carol, Community Member
12/12/10 5:08pm

Thank you, Happy Holidays :)

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DawnB, Community Member
12/22/11 8:10pm

Just went through the same thing with my mother, who passed on 12/18.

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Carol Bradley Bursack, Health Guide
12/23/11 12:00pm

I'm sorry to hear that about your mom. Take care of yourself,

Carol

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DawnB, Community Member
12/23/11 12:48pm

You, too!

 

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By Carol, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/23/11, First Published: 12/11/10