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Nearing the End of Life with Dementia or Alzheimer’s – Giving Up vs. Letting Go

To say it with Teepa Snow’s own words, “You have been saying goodbye for a long time.”

Yet, when the dementia progresses into its later stages, letting go can still prove very difficult.

Don’t believe that “letting go” means giving up on the person you have been caring for so long. When the disease progresses into its later stages, comfort care becomes that much more important

Teepa explains: “It’s hard to imagine that comfort care isn’t pushing food, food, drink, drink.

But instead, being there with me, offering me the kind of touch that I like, offering the smells that I like, the taste that I like, the visuals I like, and offering the sounds that I like.

And then, the really hard part: Letting me go.

Being willing to let me go, and realize you’re not giving up on me. This is not giving up, it’s letting go. This is very different than giving up.”


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