At this final stage, a person living with AD will be completely reliant on someone else for all healthcare and personal care needs.
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), severe Alzheimer's disease symptoms include:
- Near or complete inability to communicate
- Loss of appetite and corresponding weight loss
- Sharp decline of physical health
- Difficulty swallowing, which increases the risk of aspiration pneumonia
- Loss of awareness of general surroundings and recent events
If your loved one displays any of the symptoms above, talk with their healthcare provider about dementia testing so that you can get a potential diagnosis as soon as possible. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner intervention can occur. And the sooner intervention for AD occurs, the easier it is to slow down the progression of the disease and minimize its symptoms.