YES. Because dementias don’t just cause memory loss, they damage the brain.
Dementia is a terminal condition. But in many cases, it is the complications that shorten life of these patients.
With little ability to move, a person in the late-stage of dementia is at risk for many complications such as an infection of the urinary tract and an infection of the lung. Also, as they eat and drink less and less, dehydration and malnutrition further increases their risk of infection.
In the end, most people in the late stage die of a medical complication related to their dementia. For instance, a person may die from an infection like aspiration pneumonia, as a result of swallowing difficulties, or he may die from a blood clot in the lung due to being immobile and bedbound.
However, it's important to note that dementia itself is fatal.
While advanced dementia is incurable and will at last cause death, you can still provide comfort to your loved ones and play an active role in their care.
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