chapter  35
Advanced dementia and care at the end of life
ByKirsten Moore, Elizabeth Sampson
Pages 10

Table 35.1 shows the common symptoms for people with dementia towards the end of life. Vandervoort et al. (2013) considered symptoms associated with end of life according to dementia severity. In their sample of nursing home residents who died, 54% had very severe/advanced dementia, 28% had severe dementia and 18% had mild or moderate dementia. Occurrence of pneumonia and febrile episodes in the last month did not dier between stages of dementia, although choking, swallowing diculties, incontinence and dehydration during the last week were higher for those with more advanced dementia.