Is it common for a patient in the late stages of Alzheimer's to still know everyone?

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Is it common for a patient in the late stages of Alzheimer's to still know everyone?

Expert Answer

A social worker and geriatric consultant who specializes in dementia care, Joyce Simard is based in Land O' Lakes, Florida, and in Prague. She is a well-known speaker and has written two books, one focusing on end-of-life care and the other, entitled The Magic Tape Recorder, explaining aging, memory loss, and how children can be helpers to their elders.

It is uncommon for someone in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease to know their friends and families.   Be thankful!