Re: Alzheimers related autonomic difficulties
It seems your wife is probably at a very late stage. It is natural that the patient has choking problem when eating in late stage. My father-in-law has severe stage now and he chokes on regular food except soft dessert. So he now has pureed food for regular meals. This helps prevent him from choking a lot on the food or water. He even chokes on water. There are some methods that can help the patient with swallowing problem including gently stroll on her throat and etc. Pureed food helps. Usually the cough is caused by choking on the water or food. In end stage, the person would not be able to eat and may die from aspirational pneumonia or stop-eating. So we cannot force my FIL to drink sometimes because he would choke on it.
Sorry there is no med. for this. Hospice can offer the person comfort care. Usually no feeding tube since it gives more pain and infections.
It is hard to see how she or he goes downhill. I think there is nothing we can do when it comes to end stage except for comfort care.
So sorry that your wife has suffered from Alzheimer's for 10 years. My FIL has had it for at least 9 years. He is 91.
Last edited by ninamarc; 12-15-2011 at 10:18 PM.