... Please be aware that behavioral changes may be the first thing you notice. Those little bizarre moments when they are paranoid, irrational, or seem to be beyond their normal personality. Some will know that something is not right but deny it. Some will be able to understand that something is wrong and cooperate with diagnosis. Some will have no idea there is a problem and... (2 replies)
... Is there a solid link with this? My mom's grandmother had alzheimers. Her mother showed some memory issues but unfortunately passed away from a stroke so who knows if it would of developed into something or if it was just normal old age.
My mother, to my anyway, makes me nervous sometimes with her memory. Sometimes she cant remember the word for something. She literally... (2 replies)
... At this time, I do not believe it is possible to accurately diagnose dementia with just a MRI. There are some indications that can help in the diagnosis but these are as varied as the different types of dementia. It is just a tool, along with other test, symptoms, and changes in time, that are used to make a definitive diagnosis.
What other information did you receive... (4 replies)
... Also wondered this as my husband's brother needed care at age 82. A gentle man who became violent. My husband, at the same age has done the same. Parkinson's, hallucinations, paranoia and violence. Again...a gentle gentleman. Both parents lived to a good age with no problem. However, the father on returning from the war became a violent alcoholic during their formative years... (2 replies)
... it may not be Alzheimer's but Vascular Dementia, Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD), Dementia with Lewey Body or any of other types of dementia. All dementia is not Alzheimer's. Each type of dementia has a different set of symptoms and progression.
My Dad had Vascular Dementia. His ability to be rational was not impaired. You can talk through an idea with him. He would... (1 replies)
... My mother is having major hallucinations and is very delusional. She was given the "test" for Alzheimer's, which she did not pass. Her memory is wonderful and every day conversation is fine, when she is not talking about the hallucinations. Her doctor said that 7% of Alzheimer's patients exhibit hallucination/delusional thinking at the onset of the disease. Wondering if... (1 replies)
... Your post hit a cord in my heart because I have been right where you are. If I can help, it validates all I have been through. There are a couple of books that helped me along the way. "Creating Moments of Joy" by Jolene Brackey is a good one to get back to focusing on what is rather than what is not. Also "Coping with Alzheimer's, A caregiver's Emotional Survival Guide"... (3 replies)
... Rellie, I know and understand exactly where you are!! My Dad had Vascular Dementia and my Mom had Alzheimer (at the same time)... YES!! I get it!! It is difficult enough with one but two at a time is overwhelming at best. Even when you "understand" the disease it is so very difficult to understand that the parents you loved, trusted, and looked up to are acting the way... (3 replies)
... Hi, my Mum has Alzheimer's and Dad has Vascular Dementia, I am having a hard time with this. I feel like I am being selfish because I am finding it hard to deal with the changes that my parents are going through. My Dad was this bright happy man, who always had a smile, but of late he is always sleeping, unable to walk, only just a few step rest of the time in wheelchair, to... (3 replies)
... My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2010, he's now 90 years old. He had a stroke in 2012 & with our care he went from a wheelchair to a cane & a move into assisted living. This last year we have noticed the ALZ progressing, in the last month worse & in the last 2 weeks & 2 days even worse. He's had a few infections, caught early & treated & I know this will affect his... (0 replies)
... Marcy, It would take a lot more information than you have provided here (actually a crystal ball) to determine what to expect next. Each, with vascular dementia, will follow their own path through the disease. Since the deficiencies are determined by which parts of the brain are affected and how, it is almost impossible to determine what is next. Vascular Dementia is caused... (2 replies)
... It would help to know what type of dementia your Mom has (each type of dementia is different) and what other symptoms does she have (what stage she is in).... is she ambulatory, can she feed herself, does she communicate effectively, can she follow instruction?
In the late mid stages of Vascular Dementia my Dad started sleeping more and more. It was a result of his... (3 replies)
... Many do go through that hostile, combative, aggressive stage. My Mom did, and my Dad even had his moments. I know very few that have not been angry and combative at some point in their journey though dementia. The facility should have been a bit more proactive about paring residents. You don't put a calm resident in the same room with a combative resident.
As for the... (3 replies)
... My husband who has late stage Alzheimer's is now in a small nursing home/rehab center. I visit my husband every evening and have come to know a lot of the residents and they know me. They moved my husband to a different room with a different roommate and now I have to ask them to move him again. His new roommate was a minister in regular life. Now, he's the devil... (3 replies)
... Silkey, my husband has Alzheimer's and is taking Namenda. It seems to help keep his mind clearer and doesn't seem to have too many side effects. He did complain of headaches when he first started taking it but, those went away after a couple of weeks. He also has suffered from sleep apnea all his life. (4 replies)
... He is in the hospital, just had surgery, and definitely out of his normal routine. It is all traumatic. So see what tomorrow will bring. Hopefully there are no more infections and he will recover from the confusion. Yes, you Dad could have NPH and Vascular Dementia, or Alzheimer's, or a combination of all three. Only time will tell.... so be patient. Hope for the best... (129 replies)
... My name is Sean and I live in WI. My step dad has been diagnosed with alcohol related dimension and early onset Alzheimer's. His long term memory is still there but his short term memory is not good. We have gotten him to stop drinking any alcohol besides n/a beer. And that has helped.
Where I am in need of advice is that he does not treat my mom very good anymore. He... (2 replies)
I'm a 64 year old man and I have a 72 year old friend who I've known since I was 22. I am disabled and shouldn't be doing any heavy work. Our house needed a new roof for some time, it's small but we can't afford to hire the typical high dollar big money contractors in this area. I had a deal with a guy in town that I've known for a long time to help me shingle... (3 replies)
... Nattydresser, yes I have seen this before and heard of it many times. My Mom was worse on Aricept as well and I eventually took her off the medication. Perhaps it was your lucky day when the VA ran out of the medication and you were able to see how she was without the medication. If she was my Mom, I would leave her off the medication. Putting her back on will not make... (1 replies)
... I totally agree that this is one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with... twice... three times.... with my grandmother, my Dad, and them my Mom. What we truly wish is that they didn't have this disease which has no cure and no effective treatment. We are helpless to truly help them. So we try to compensate by making life as pleasant as possible for them. We... (3 replies)