• Cathy Cathy
    March 21, 2009
    What can cause a rapid decline in Alzheimers patient in stage 6 within the last few days?
    Cathy Cathy
    March 21, 2009

    Within the last 2-3 days the confusion is worse and sometimes her

    speech seems slower and garbled. Her blood pressure is good and her physical health is also good. She was very restless at night before but now she sleeps all night and most of the day.

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  • NC
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    March 23, 2009
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    NC
    March 23, 2009

    My father-in-law is in stage 6. So far the visible signs happened when he just got out of the hospitals or had medications problems (too many or too little.)  he suddenly walked and fell in Oct., 2007, and then after that, he could no longer walk a long distance. After the hospitalization due to his medication problem in Nov., 2007, his dementia/Alzheimer's state got worse and he began to forget about his own son and his life/career in details. To us, it changes every year in Nov. or Jan. For example, this Jan. after another hospitalization due to his congestive heart failure, he gets more agitated this year. He was very confused in the mornings in Sept, 2008. The doctor stopped his medications for AD (namenda and exelon.) So he is not so confused anymorel.

    You can ask the doctor if there is any problem like medications. Also, you can check to see if there is anything dramatic happened in the daily life that made her emotional or upset. A small cause could make it worse in a few days.

    We are not there yet for real late stage, so we will wait to see what is going to happen. He may stop talking or walking one day. However, I heard that for not walking, it is slow and it begins by not being able to standing firmly.

    It is complicated and each person is different.

    Take care,

    Nina

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