... If they were diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, then the chance is higher for the relatives. Check with the doctor to find out about it. You may be able to test your genes. It is sad indeed, given early onset AD, there are more family members that can have Alzheimer's. They also have shorter life span for the disease (5 to 10 years.)
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... Whiskers, it is hard to say. If it is the Familial genetically inherited form of Early Onset Dementia then there may be as much as a 50/50 chance. If one parent carries the gene mutations then you have a 50/50 chance of receiving the mutated gene and the probability of having early onset Alzheimer's is high. But you have a 50% chance of not having the gene. It cause can... (5 replies)
... I would suggest the camera over the intercom. As you know confabulations do happen. If Mom doesn't understand your question you will get a yes or no which means nothing. Depending on her to tell you what is going on is a wish. Seeing is believing! I know several that have used camera successfully and gained peace of mind knowing what is happening.
As for the doors, it... (13 replies)
... I was planning on getting a wireless intercom system, but I hadn't thought about the cameras. What do you suggest regarding the doors? Childproof locks? Those alarm things that beep when the door is opened?
I didn't realize that the Aricept was only buying her a few months. Is that best case scenario? Does it buy a bit more time with dosage increases? And if she goes off of... (13 replies)
... NoOption, you are right about resources being scarce or expensive. You may want to check into Medicaid but she may be in that gap between qualifying and not able to afford what is available. There is the possibility of receiving Medicaid benefits which include her income to cover part of her care. This is on a state by state basis and you will need to check with your local... (4 replies)
... You are so lucky that she has accepted her diagnosis and is in a good place. Yes, many are fearful of this disease, many don't want to talk about it, and many can't accept it. Others make excuses and tell you that she's just fine when you know that's not so. You need somebody that you can talk to that does get it, knows it's real, and understands that there are blessings in... (13 replies)
... Lisa, I am so sorry you needed to find us here but so very glad that you did :) You are on the right track! You have jumped the first hurdle. Recognizing there is a problem and finding out what that problem is will serve you well. As you have done, this gives you an opportunity to get legal matters in taken care of and a plan in place. It gives you time to learn,... (13 replies)
My name is Lisa and I have been my mom's caregiver since December. I had been trying to get her (now "ex") husband to get her diagnosed for over 2 years and nothing was done, so as soon as I got her here, I took her to a GP and immediately had a diagnosis of Dementia and she had a brain scan that showed white matter and signs of small vessel ischemia. 6 weeks later, we... (13 replies)
... Good idea to keep the nails clipped. I had to do that with Dad because he was a picker! Any little blemish on the skin with the slightest rise had to be picked off. I never stopped the picking but reduced the damage with very short nails and Vaseline. Try putting Vaseline on his hands several times a day. This will help them slide against each other more easily so he... (3 replies)
... Yes Scorp, the diagnosis does explain the behavior :) Please be careful concerning medications used for behavioral problems. With Frontal, you might see adverse (worsening behaviors) with medications that might work with Alzheimer's. Several things you mentioned are typical behavior.
They do not feel hot and cold as we do. My Dad also went out without a coat when it... (13 replies)
... Hi, Spitfire! I just received my husband's medical records and found out that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Frontal Lobular Dementia, and Lewy Body w/o Parkinsons. It explains why he seems to be deteriorating so quickly. I use pullup diapers on him at night and as Deb mentioned I removed everything from his room that would be a semblance to a toilet other than the... (13 replies)
... I do not consider it morbid to be prepared for life... and the end of life is just that, a part of life. Accepting mortality, ours and our loved ones, it part of getting through this long illness. It is inevitable... so be prepared.
Long before Mom or Dad reached the "end stage", it was decided what clothes were needed. Every item needed was put in a garment bag and hung... (52 replies)
... You didn't speak too soon... that is the way it happens. He had a good day followed by a bad night. For some reason, nights seem to be the worst no matter what dementia is present. Some say it is because they are tired, some say circadian rhythm disturbances are the reason, and others say it is the shadows of the evening... but for whatever reason it is a known fact. FTD... (52 replies)
... yes i agree with whiskers65 .go and check with doctor.
1.Frequent memory loss.
2.Difficulty in remembering recent events.
3.Blur everyday conversation.
5.Forgetting places and names of family members.
6.Cannot understand instructions.
7.Loss of enthusiasm.
8.Taking a long time to complete small tasks. (5 replies)
... Actually Dementia is a symptom rather than a disease. It tells you that there is cognitive decline but not what is causing the cognitive decline. Much like a fever tells you that you have an infection, but not what is causing the infection. Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia, FTD, Picks, Parkinson Dementia, and so many more are the actually diagnosis/diseases. Each of these is... (4 replies)
... Dementia and Alzheimer's are very different. Find out all you can about the condition your mother has been diagnosed with. If your mother has dementia, the clarity of her memory may come and go. At times, she may realize that she is in a facility and want to be back in her previous home. With Alzheimer's, this will not be the case. As Titchou mentioned, she may not be talking... (4 replies)
... Thank you Deb for giving me some info to think about. Sincerely, Whiskers (5 replies)
... My maternal grandmother and her siblings started displaying symptoms of the disease in their 40's and passed away in their 70's. One of her sons who is not my father was diagnosed in his 50's With this strong genetic connection, what are the chances and or percentage rate that myself and or my siblings are candidates for this disease? (5 replies)
... Bingo Mrs45!! The reason it feels like grief is because that is exactly what it is. Grief relates to loss and not just death. It can be a divorce, break up of a friendship, or loss of a loved one as you know them due to the diagnosis of some type of dementia. I found myself going through grief over and over with this disease. At diagnosis, when Mom (Alzheimer's) and Dad... (6 replies)