Experts say dementia should be considered a terminal illness, like some forms of cancer, especially when it comes to end-of-life care.
Dementia patients can lose the ability to communicate towards the end of their life, but a new study shows the symptoms they're experiencing are similar to those seen among people with terminal illnesses.
Fevers, eating problems, ulcers, shortness of breath and pain were common complications seen during a study of 323 nursing home residents with advanced dementia.
However, nearly forty percent of patients underwent aggressive treatment during the last three months of life.
Experts say more focus needs to be placed on keeping patients comfortable, and providing hospice care.