... This study was conducted by researchers at the University of California Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center and Rutgers University.
The result showed that a vitamin D deficiency in seniors can lead to "substantial" memory loss. Memory loss was three times faster compared to those who had adequate levels of vitamin D.
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... I would check with your state Bar Association for a list of names of a lawyer who deals with Elder cases in your area. You can call and ask their rates. There is a wide range of cost depending on the lawyer and location. Also check for discounted or pro bono lawyers that might do the work for you. Or perhaps call the Alzheimer's Association and see if they have a list you... (11 replies)
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... My parents also left living wills stating that they wanted no extraordinary treatment if their condition was terminal and incurable. We talked about this decisions before the time can for the final decisions. It does make it easier for those left behind to have the words of the patient to go by.
In the case of a feeding tube, I ask myself what the benefit would be. If it... (4 replies)
... Mar, it will depend on what state you are in but basically Medicaid is for those who do not have the funding to provide for their own care. You truly need to see an Elder Lawyer that specializes in Medicaid applications. (you can do it yourself but there are a lot of pitfalls). You need to know what you assets are, your income, and where that income is spend. Keep very... (11 replies)
... Mar1209, I don't know if this is relevant or not, there are so many different types of dementia from different causes. For example, my FIL had the type of dementia that comes from Parkinson's Disease- he was constantly agitated but since he was barely able to speak, he could only make angry noises;he became less and less aware of people around him;there was no eye contact; he... (11 replies)
... Yes, you will get a lot of different responses and suggestions. My best advice is to grab what fits your situation, adapt what you can, and leave the rest. Each situation is different. What worked for me may not work for you. You may be able to adapt some suggestions to your situation and not others. There is not a one size fits all solution. I found this true in my own... (11 replies)
... Mar, so very sorry to hear of your husband's diagnosis. Glad you are reaching out for support and advice. My best advice is to learn everything you can about the disease and get all the support you can. Only support is great. There are also local Alzheimer's Association support groups, hopefully one in your area. Some even have support groups for those with early onset. ... (11 replies)
... I'm so sorry for your husband's diagnosis. We are here for my MIL who was diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer's Disease. I don't have advice, but just wanted to give you a hug of support; there are wonderful people who post on this board, who I am sure will have suggestions/resources and just knowledge to help you through this because it is tough going. Hugs, Ruth (11 replies)
... Echoing what Deb said, only time will tell for now. Wait and cross your fingers and hopefully things improve. There definitely isn't something right with his brain but hopefully, it is not Alzheimer's. (16 replies)
... SMike, my first question... is this a huge problem? Unless she is biting them until they bleed or become infected I would just let it be. Mom would chew on her nails, probably a result of anxiety, but it was never a huge problem. Evidently, she found something soothing in that behavior. So I just let it be.
Taste is affected by Alzheimer's so what taste bad to us... (2 replies)
... Perhaps if you post on the Alzheimer's board someone will have an idea. In the absence of that, have you talked with her doctor about an anti- anxiety med? (2 replies)
... Anyone here have suggestions as to how to keep an Alzheimer's patient from biting her fingernails? My mother is in the advanced stage of the disease and lives with us. She bites her nails almost constantly and we are continually trying to get her to stop. Putting a foul-tasting substance on her nails did not work. Distracting her by talking or handing her something to... (2 replies)
... Nina, this is typical of the older generation. They tend to close ranks when something is wrong and protect themselves and each other. It is also a function of denial. Dad's in a happy place in the moment.... so it's not that bad and we will not do anything. She's grasping! That is how she wants it to be.
Do not cancel the appointment. If necessary tell her, as I... (16 replies)
... Nina, what you described here is not normal memory loss in old age. If he forgot where he but his key but could retrace his steps back to finding the keys, that is normal. But the examples you gave is a cognitive decline bad enough to interfere with normal daily life. That is the definition of dementia.
What you are seeing is the typical beginning stages of some type... (16 replies)
... Hi all, I am new here,I am thinking dad may have onset of Alzheimer's. I feel so bad he has been through heart diseas, back problems,colon cancer twice,now this. His memory is getting bad...he got lost while driving home the other night and had to ask someone for directions. He has misplaced money, and has also given money out to the grandkids then forgets he did so. He... (16 replies)
... Baseball, you are right that it is difficult to make these types of decisions for another person but sometimes it is necessary. I believe you are on the right track with your thinking.
You have to weigh the benefits and the negatives. You goal at this point is to give Mom the best quality of life possible. As you have seen, there is so much that can go wrong and make the... (4 replies)
... This is my belief...if your mother has a terminal diagnosis, along with poor quality of life due to Alzheimer's, it is ok to spare her the awful side effects of treatment for cancer. Hospice nurses are wonderful, and will know how to guide you all ...And the doctor...as to what treatments for pain are best.
This is a hard time for you and your siblings, but hopefully you... (4 replies)
... Hi Everyone
Once again I'm back for your help. My Mom was DX with stage 4 breast cancer in OCT. Nov first we started hormone therapy, two weeks ago I called her GP to ask if that pill causes Alzheimer's to get worse, the doc said only in 2 to 5% of people. Well, my Mom has gotten a lot worst since starting the medicine. Her doctor told me to stop it and see if it makes a... (4 replies)
... Hello. I am really struggling as to what to do. My dear dad (aged 79) has Alzheimer's (stage 4), and prostate problems. He has been on medication for his heart for 11 years. He keeps falling and suffers hallucinations.
My mother (aged 68) is an incredibly bitter lady with anger issues. She has always suffered with depression, but she will not do anything about it. She is... (6 replies)