If my mother is in late-severe stage of Alzheimer's, how much longer should I expect her to live?

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Donvic asked...

My mom is 87 and is in late severe stage of alzheimer's. She is in a care facility,but I am tired of her suffering.


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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

You do not describe in which way is your mother suffering but she should not be suffering if she receives compassionate care. Try to involve her in a hospice program because hospice staff is skillful in stopping or preventing suffering.