I am pretty new at this, working with my first late stage dementia patient. I learned a little about this in school. Very little. I consider a patient to be disoriented if s/he cannot tell me his/her name, location, and the current date. My pateint's family believes that s/he is oriented to place and also recognizes family members. Is this possible or is it wishful thinking?
I wish I could tell what is going on in my patient's mind. Do dementia patient's brains retain any kind of organized functioning in the later stages? Is vocalization always a failed attempt at verbalization or could it just be random? How much awareness does a patient have when his or her brain is full of beta-amyloid plaques? I know every one is different, but I don't know what is possible.