Is a physical decline common in late-stage Alzheimer's?

Nancym asked...

My mom is in late stage 6 Alzheimer's and is in assisted living. One of the staff today told me that Mom is really struggling to get out of bed in the morning. She needs physical assistance to get up. It's not that she wants to stay in bed--it seems to be a physical problem. Is this common at this point in Alzheimer's?

Expert Answer

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.

Unfortunately, physical decline is a part of dementia progression. Your mother needs physical assistance, because her brain controlling her muscles is damaged. Eventually, she might not be able to walk without assistance. However, you still need to provide as much activity for her as possible.