... Sassy, I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. Namenda and Aricept both have side effects that cause some to be unable to take them. They are not a cure or a treatment for the disease.... they just help the brain perform a little better with what is left. Beyond that, they do not work for all that take them. Even the ones that show some improvement, it only works... (1 replies)
... It is something that happens many times. If you understand the nature of some dementia you can understand how this would happen. One of the first areas of the brain to be affected is the area which controls our social behavior, empathy, and judgement. Someone with Alzheimer's will do things they would have never done before and it is all very self serving and self centered,... (3 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)
... 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... (16 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. (16 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... (16 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... (16 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)
... 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)