My Mom Is In The Last Stage Of Dementia And Has Started With Mutiple Organ Failure. How Long Does S

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My Mom Is In The Last Stage Of Dementia And Has Started With Mutiple Organ Failure. How Long Does S

My Mom is in the last stage of dementia and has started with mutiple organ failure. She has great difficulty swallowing and most of the time it is liquids that she takes. Mom also has a severe case of COPD. How long does she have to live? I should inform you that she is 87 years ols, has been bed-ridden for 3 years now, her muscles and brain have atrophied. She cannot turn over in the bed nor move her legs. She is down to very limited speech. Usually one word answers and sleeping about 18-20 hours a day.

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Hi, Theresa,

I agree with what everyone's said. My mom also had both Alzheimer's and COPD. She basically went really fast once her lungs started giving out. (She had been hospitalized for problems the week before). My suggestion to you is to spend as much time with her as you can and -- if you haven't already -- say everything you want to say to her now. And you'll feel better knowing that you had a chance to say everything and to say a final goodbye. You may think she can't hear you, but I really believe she can sense you. And definitely take care of yourself during this stressful time!

Dorian