... 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... (11 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... (11 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... (11 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... (11 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... (2 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... (11 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... (11 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... (11 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)
... Kba, I think I have more questions than answers. How long has she been on the Cholesterol Medication? If she just started this medication then I would consider the connection that David mentioned. I personally had the cognitive side effects from Statins and it comes on rather quickly... and includes the personality and emotional changes along with the memory problems. If... (8 replies)
... I so understand exactly what you have said here Sandy! Dad was the one with cardiovascular disease. I watched Mom take care of him through heart attacks, bypass surgery, stints, afib, and the first years of his vascular dementia. As with your Mom, she did everything for everybody and her worst fear was Alzheimer's as she cared for her Mom with Alzheimer's. Mom survived... (3 replies)
... I've been reading your excellent advice here for years. Mom's biggest fear was Alzheimer's. I've been to other message boards and just have not found them to ring true or to be as helpful to me. I figured the next step was hospice, but just so hard to do this again less than a year after doing the same for my Dad.
My Mom did everything for my Dad, he was weaker physically... (3 replies)
... My 91 year old mother has Alzheimer's disease. A month ago she was living in an assisted living facility, she fell and was transported to the ER. At the ER they found she had a UTI. I know that this will cause worsening of the dementia. My mother has totally changed and declined in health. She was hospitalized for 8 days and was released to skilled nursing. I knew at the time... (3 replies)