My Dad Is In Final Stae Of Alzheimers. He Has Stopped Eating And Drinking And Is Semi-conscious. How Long Can He Go On With No Food Or Water?

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My Dad Is In Final Stae Of Alzheimers. He Has Stopped Eating And Drinking And Is Semi-conscious. How Long Can He Go On With No Food Or Water?

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Vernon and Jean,

Thanks for the posts. Vernon, my condolences to you. I, too, however, remember my parent's last weeks/days/hours as sacred. Attended deaths have been some of my most intense spiritual moments.

Jean, is your dad on hospice care? They can give you a very good idea, though even doctor can't say how long the death process will take. When the body can no longer process food or liquids, as generally happens as they shut down, hand holding, physical comfort, loving words, prayers, joyful memories all help. My mother's heart took days to quit, even though her limbs were mottling and her other organs dying off. Hospice kept her comfortable as she gradually let go. Dad died more quickly, as his body was not as strong.

This is, for most of us, a time of grief and also a time of relief, as their suffering will be over. It's part of the cycle of life - painful but precious.

Blessings,

Carol

Answered by Carol Bradley Bursack