... amoeba430- I am so sorry for your loss. You had so much to deal with, and Alzheimer's alone is more than anyone should ever have to deal with- truly, my heart goes out to you. My deepest condolences to your family. Peace and healing prayers for you. (9 replies)
I wonder if anyone can tell me, does alzheimer's run in families? My mum has it, albeit not very far progressed, and it killed her brother about 10 years ago. My mum is 84 and I am 56.
My dad, also 84, is still in possession of his faculties and there is no AD history in his family.
Any info woud be much appreciated thanks. (0 replies)
... My question is, are there other medications than neuroleptics to treat Alzheimer aggression with less side effects? ... (0 replies)
... My mom is 56, and lately I've become concerned about some memory issues I've noticed. Mom's grandmother had Alzheimer's, but her mother is 76 and wonderfully alert and clear minded, and I know that early onset Alzheimer's is relatively rare. Bottom line is that I've noticed a few small things that may just be a normal part of the aging process, but in spending a lot of time... (0 replies)
My Mama got acquired brain damage from taking Benzodiazepines. She has been suffering from Vision problems and memory loss for the past seven years. We have gone to countless doctors to try and get the proper diagnosis. The biggest problem right now is the vision and confusion. Her vision makes the light too bright and the shadows too vivid. We've tried many... (0 replies)
... 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... (5 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... (5 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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... 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)
... 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)
... Hello. I am really struggling as to what to do. My dear dad (aged 79) has Alzheimer's (stage 4), and prostate problems. He has been on medication for his heart for 11 years. He keeps falling and suffers hallucinations.
My mother (aged 68) is an incredibly bitter lady with anger issues. She has always suffered with depression, but she will not do anything about it. She is... (6 replies)
... I don't think I would tell her even though at stage 5 of Alzheimer's she can still comprehend a lot of things but won't remember them if they're not brought up repeatedly. Make her as comfortable as you can while you have her, create good memories, take lots of pictures, indulge her in what she likes to eat, drink, and do. In other words, spoil her and love her as much as... (7 replies)