Dementia Care at End of Life: Current Approaches

Mairead M. Bartley, Laura Suarez, Reem M.A. Shafi, Joshua M. Baruth, Amanda J.M. Benarroch, Maria Isabel Lapid

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Dementia is a progressive and life-limiting condition that can be described in three stages: early, middle, and late. This article reviews current literature on late-stage dementia. Recent Findings: Survival times may vary across dementia subtypes. Yet, the overall trajectory is characterized by progressive decline until death. Ideally, as people with dementia approach the end of life, care should focus on comfort, dignity, and quality of life. However, barriers prevent optimal end-of-life care in the final stages of dementia. Summary: Improved and earlier advanced care planning for persons with dementia and their caregivers can help delineate goals of care and prepare for the inevitable complications of end-stage dementia. This allows for timely access to palliative and hospice care, which ultimately improves dementia end-of-life care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number50
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Advanced care planning
  • Hospice
  • Late-stage dementia
  • Palliative care
  • Prognostication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Bartley, M. M., Suarez, L., Shafi, R. M. A., Baruth, J. M., Benarroch, A. J. M., & Lapid, M. I. (2018). Dementia Care at End of Life: Current Approaches. Current Psychiatry Reports, 20(7), [50]. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-018-0915-x