... Glad Dad is doing better and yes, only time will tell. He may have some form of dementia, in the early stages, which was made worse by the combination of the hospitalization and medical problems or it could have been the medical problem and hospitalization itself that cause the psychosis. With a 26/30 there is probably something still going on but again, it will take time to... (15 replies)
... I wanted to update quickly, dad is still having his minor slip ups and he is continuously asking "did I get that right"? I think he realizes his memory isn't great.He did go back and re did his test, he scored 26/30 this time so the doctors are re doing it in a few months. Still don't know what to think, but taking it one day at a time. (15 replies)
... demiscared... This is frustrating for you and for me. First, if your husband only scored 18/30 on his test then he does have significant cognitive decline which impacts his daily life.... and this is the definition of Dementia. This is supported by the symptoms that you have described. Beyond this, Namenda is specifically prescribed for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's. ... (3 replies)
... Glad you found a solution that is working Natty... :)
Love, deb (5 replies)
... I was unable to find a child proof door knob that I thought would work. I decided to go with a deadbolt lock that is keyed on both sides. This is working for us right now. I can keep her safer inside. She doesn't know she's locked in. She believes she has forgotten how to open the door. (5 replies)
... That is good news Nina and the very reason a diagnosis is necessary. Cognitive impairment has many causes, some of which are fixable. I do hope it was only the medication causing the problem :)
As for family conflicts during time of crisis... they happen way too often. If I could say on word it would be communication. Family member have to talk to each other. Have... (15 replies)
... Just a quick update...well my dad is doing remarkably well. He is physically back to where he was before going into the hospital, sugars and heart meds are regulated through a book provided through the pharmacy. It's made our lives so much easier. His mental state seems better, seriously we had Easter dinner together and only had one slip up. He forgot where the dishwasher... (15 replies)
... If he failed the clock test then you know basically what you need to know... he has some type of dementia and needs assistance, especially if he is trying to care for your mother in law and himself. He will tell you everything is ok, give you excuses for not passing the test (the clock is only part of it), and honestly does not know just how bad it is.
You need to go see... (1 replies)
... First, I am sorry you are having to deal with this again Nina. I am glad that his other medical problem have improved.
If he only scored a 12 out of 30 on the MMSE then this is not new. It is something that has been progressing for years. Kudos to the doctor for taking the appropriate step in taking away his driving privileges. His cognitive ability to drive and... (15 replies)
... Well my father was released from hospital today. His colonoscopy showed some polyps which were biopsied but no concern for cancer again which is great. His heart failure is under control and is on new meds for that. Bad news the doctors called my brother and told him they suspect dementia and that he scored 12/30 on a test they gave him and they have to take away his license... (15 replies)
... Hi everyone. This is my first post. I think this forum is a Godsend. I have been reading through this thread for days, and it has helped tremendously.
My husband's grandmother (93 yo) has Alzheimer's. She lives on one side of the U.S., we live on the other. His aunt (who lives in the same city as Grandma) has POA and is her primary care giver. We are not in a... (2 replies)
... Hello. Wonder if anyone has gone through a similar situation and can offer any advice. My mother is 78 yrs. young, with dementia/alzheimerís that came on so rapidly just in the last 1-2 months (awaiting referral to neurologist from her HMO). Some of her symptoms: accusing others of stealing, thinks she met certain people when she didnít, thinking she had conversations with... (0 replies)
... Patience Nina... obviously his is a complicated case with many problems and that is going to take some time to sort out. Yes, dramatic swings in blood sugar can cause confusion, low sodium can too. If he has some sort of dementia then the pneumonia can make it worse. But if they get his blood sugar and sodium back in normal limits and the mental function does not increase... (15 replies)
... Hi all, I haven't been here for a while, things have not been good with my father. we have been having a very difficult time. After what seemed to be what the doctors said mental confusion from uncontrolled blood sugars, we worked hard on trying to stabilize his sugars by counting out food and meds for the day. It seemed to be working out fine, but honestly did not see a huge... (15 replies)
... My mom has alzheimer's since 2009. She lives alone, close to 3 daughters. She doesn't take her meds, doesn't cook just eats pizza and drinks cokes. She went to the hospital last week by ambulance. Very confused, was very cold, didn't make sense when she talked. It took her several hours to come out of this. She is in rehab to get her meds straight and to eat right. She will... (3 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... (15 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... (15 replies)