Thursday, April 08, 2010 Sad in Indy, Community Member, asks

Q: Question on Alzheimers and organs shutting down

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimers when she was 50. She is now 72 and has been in a nursing home for 12 years. @ 60 she was unable to walk or talk or really do anything. She has been on ground up food for years and has maintained a healthy weight. Since December, she has lost 15 lbs. The Dr at the nursing home asked about a feeding tube and my father isn't going to do that. They say her organs are shutting down. What should we expect. She did weigh 135 and now weighs around 120. She sleeps a lot, she really just sits and stares most of the dad sees her every day, me, once a week as I live 2 hours away. I need to plan what I need to do as far as work, to be with her and my Dad. I have no idea what to expect..

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NC, Community Member
4/ 8/10 6:44pm

Dear Sad in Indy,


I am sorry your Mom was diangosed with AD so early and now she is shutting down...
I can't say about her personally as I don't know about her case, in general, there are 7 clinical stages of Alzheimer's and stage 7 is the end stage where she may not swallow the food and needs feeding tube and she sleeps a lot. I imagine that she cannot talk or move and uses a wheelchair.


I cannot tell you how long - it is up to the doctor and it depends on her condition. If she has no feeding tube, she may need hospice in the end as she won't  be able to eat. In the hospice, it may take 6 months or 1 year or so. Usually I think it takes a few months. Normally people go to the hospice if they can only live for 6 months or 1 year.


It is sad for you and your father also. I am sorry you have to go through this. Maybe your family can consider hospice now to make her comfortable.



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By Sad in Indy, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 04/08/10