... Unfortunately, what you describe is a normal part of alzheimer's disease and dementia. Its just a newer stage for your mom. Its sad, but you seem to be handling it rather well.
People in this stage of the disease often forget where they are or let their imaginations go to happier places. It has nothing to do with her sadness or happiness, its simply the disease confusing... (3 replies)
... Hi and welcome to the forum!
My grandma had dementia and some of what you said she would do. She would see strangers and swear that she saw them yesterday. We would go to the grocery store and she would swear she was there yesterday. Sometimes she would slip up and think she was somewhere else even though she was home. You are right, my grandma usually would recognize... (3 replies)
... You sound like a wonderful caretaker. The lady is blessed to have you in her life.
I don't have any suggestions for you but it is a topic that interests me greatly. This is such a common problem but no one knows for sure what the issues are that make an elderly person despise bathing. I saw this with my mother who lived with Alzheimer's for a good ten years, and now with... (1 replies)
... I do home care for an Alzheimer's patient. The woman loves me, and I her:) she will do anything for me BUT bathe. We have established trust, and I have tried everything you can imagine. Sweet talk, warm cozy bathroom, being firm and insistent, trying at several times during day, no rinse caps, bathing wipes, music, singing, distraction, fake doctors orders on rx pads;),... (1 replies)
... 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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... My grandfather is taking one and he is becoming way worse and just lays in bed all day and doesn't eat anything at all. And looks like he''s going to die soon. Only reason why I'm asking this question here too is because he has Alzheimer's too. (1 replies)
... 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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... 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)