Stage 3 or Severe Dementia
The brain’s cortex is now damaged more severely. Memories are lost almost completely and communication becomes difficult. Most basic functions including motor and organ functioning are affected as the disease spreads to the cerebellum and then to the brain stem.
Care of a person in the third stage of Alzheimer’s disease should concentrate on providing comfort.
This is severe Alzheimer’s disease and is characterized by almost complete memory loss and the inability to communicate. A person in this stage will need help with all of the basic activities of daily living.The person in the last stages of the disease will become unresponsive; don’t take that to mean that he or she does not hear or see. Look for subtle indications that your loved one is responding. This can be most evident in the eyes, or from a gentle, almost imperceptible smile. Don’t give up. Your efforts now may be more important than ever before.
Sensory stimulation becomes an important part of comfort therapy. Soft objects, music, gentle motion including light motion, and aromatherpy are good choices. Gentle massage of the hands, feet, and face will be deeply appreciated.
Early in this stage people may still benefit from simple art activities as well as reminiscence therapy. Even later singing old favorite songs to them may surprise you and become singing old favorite songs with them.
Keep in mind that they are totally dependent on you for their care, as you may have once been entirely dependent upon theirs.