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Do Alzheimer's patients forget about God typically in the final stages of the disease?

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Patients in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease experience very severe cognitive decline and near total memory loss, according to the Alzheimer's Association. They lose the ability to carry on a conversation, respond to their environment and control motor skills.

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Although it is impossible to know exactly what is in the heart and mind of a person living in the final stages of Alzheimer's disease, God knows all, states Dr. Benjamin Mast, author of "Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease." Even the horrifying ravages of dementia and the apparent forgetting of the Lord cannot separate an Alzheimer's sufferer from God's all encompassing grace and love, adds Mast.

Gaps in thinking and memory become readily apparent in stage five of Alzheimer's disease, reports the Alzheimer's Association. Patients in this stage of the disease may not be able to remember their telephone number or home address and become confused about the date, but they still remember important personal details about themselves and their family.

In stage six of Alzheimer's disease, patients lose awareness of their surroundings and recent events, have difficulty remembering personal history and the names of loved ones and may experience severe behavior and personality changes, notes the Alzheimer's Association. In stage seven, the final stage of Alzheimer's disease, patients require around-the-clock care. Although they may retain an ability to say certain words or phrases, patients in this stage of the disease can no longer engage in conversations or respond to their surroundings or the people around them.

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