Help what stage of Alzheimers is my FIL in?

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keener
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My FIL was diagnosed with AD around 2002
 
Around Christmas time my FIL was admitted to the hospital for 7 days for Aspiration phenomia, after his bought with that he was weak and could no longer walk well so my husband and I took him into our home to care for him until he could walk again.  He was released on Christmas eve and 2 days after Christmas he WALKED (with assistance) to the bathroom.  We were all so excited for him I took pictures and ALL.  While in the bathroom which his normal visit to the restroom lasts 30 Min, every 5 min my husband checks on him and on the 4th visit he was leaning to the left almost touching the floor (we put in a handicap toilet so he would not fall out) but he was leaning over it? We took him into the ER to find out he had a stroke.  Needless to say 2 steps forward 10 steps back.  After that he now has to have soft foods and thickened liquids.  He is completely incontinent and can NOT walk at all.  My question is each day seems to be getting worse, Yes he has been taken out of his familiar surroundings, but he seems to stare through you SOMETIMES Kind of like it comes in phases.  He wants to sleep all day and night, we switched up his meds so that the meds that make him sleepy we give him at night (namenda, Depakote)
His newest thing is NOT WANT TO SWALLOW PILLS.  He keeps them in his mouth or bring them to his teeth to pull it out of his mouth. 
 
But the main problem is he is just so sad.  He doesnt know anybody but his wife to whom does NOT come around often?
 
I have tried everything...We have teenagers and an 8 yr old living in the house and we were hoping he would cheer up. 
 
What I am asking is how do we know what stage he is in and what could be worse? I cant imagine it getting any worse than this for him.  I feel helpless...
 
Anybody know how to determine the stages? I saw the stages online but how do I determine what is Stroke related and what is AD related.
 
We are just so sad for him
 
Thank you

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   Posted 1/27/2013 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually AP is seen in the last stages of Alzheimer's. But it's hard to determine the other symptoms based on his stoke. Sadness, sleepiness and defiance are typical symptoms of AD. Have you talked to his doctor about his reluctance to take pills? Perhaps the doc can help you with alternatives.
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