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How Are Stages And Types Of Dementia Diagnosed?

How Are Stages And Types Of Dementia Diagnosed?

My 85 yr old Dad had hallucinations 2 years ago of people in his house (he lives alone then) and no one would talk to him. He called 911. The officer called me per my Dad’s instructions. Took him to ER and did all kinds of tests including CT scan. No obvious issue except high blood pressure. Referral to Cardiologist & Neurology. Neurologist diagnosed mild dementia, prescribed Aricept, follow up in 1 year. In that year we dealt with the high blood pressure, new… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Thank you.

posted about 6 hours ago

Non Stop Talking

Non Stop Talking

My wife is on the least amount of medications since December 2019...which is a good thing.
The nurses tell me she talks non-stop (no pausing), she doesn’t seem distressed, she is sleeping fine, eating fine....she talks non-stop when I have daily window visits. She mumbles but if you listen closely you can have a conversation. When I ask her “who are you talking too?, she replies “I am talking to myself”.
What has been your experience regarding non-stop talking?

A myALZteam Member said:

Jana used to talk some like that. More surprising to me was when she would be staring off at seemingly something on the wall or ceiling and I would ask… read more

posted about 2 hours ago

Anyone Have Experience With A Geriatric Care Manager Or Health Care Manager?

Anyone Have Experience With A Geriatric Care Manager Or Health Care Manager?

Having minor issues with memory care community only providing activities of daily living, bathing, dressing, transferring from chair or bed, eating and toileting. Did not understand their limited health care service and may be required to provide a family/geriatric doctor, dentist/periodontist, optometrist/ophthalmologist, podiatrist, physical therapist. You can rely on the memory care facility to provide these specialists or you can… read more

How Do I Go On With My Life? Being Treated As If I Am Sick And Not Allowed To Do Certain Things.

How Do I Go On With My Life? Being Treated As If I Am Sick And Not Allowed To Do Certain Things.

I am NOT gone yet! Have no idea what is going to happen to me. Have absolutely no one to help or speak e we other. Had breast CA and a friend of my sister in law helped me.....She had BC but did not survive. I have no support and an petrified!

A myALZteam Member said:

Me again...we have quite a few Florida members who can share info re other doctors, in your area, you might prefer. We also have many members, also… read more

edited, originally posted 7 days ago

How Do You Get Someone To Shower?

How Do You Get Someone To Shower?

My husband gets very agitated with me when I suggest taking a shower. He wears depends because he is pretty much incontinent with urinating but not with his bowels. I feel like our house smells of urine all the time.

A myALZteam Member said:

Showers are a battle here, as well. Once out she loves smelling fresh and having her hair soft and clean. Hard to understand why the reluctance to do… read more

posted about 12 hours ago

Is It A Fact That People With Alzimers Lose Their Ability To Speak?

Is It A Fact That People With Alzimers Lose Their Ability To Speak?

My husband has declined very quickly in the past few months. The only word he can say is “yes”. He no longer can express what he wants to say. he’s not able to say if he’s in pain or if he needs anything. It’s frustrating. I experience a very heavy heart every day. I miss him. I’m so angry that I can no longer hold a conversation with him. It's a horrible disease. I hurt so deeply every day having to watch him go thru this.

A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks for the hugs guys, it helps to deal with the anguish we get some days.

posted 7 days ago

Anyone Else Have A Lived One Seeing Deceased Relatives?

Anyone Else Have A Lived One Seeing Deceased Relatives?

Recently my dad has mentioned seeing his mom, uncle and a dog that are all passed. Not sure if this is normal for people with dementia.

A myALZteam Member said:

My mother in law sees animals. No people yet, but I think it will come. I have found her talking more about her deceased relatives lately though. Maybe… read more

posted about 13 hours ago

Husband On Facebook~posting Negative Comments On Sociatal And Political; Also Inappropriate Responses. How Have You Handled This?

Husband On Facebook~posting Negative Comments On Sociatal And Political; Also Inappropriate Responses. How Have You Handled This?

He wants likes and even controversy. He would be very angry if we take it away, his only daily social activity.

A myALZteam Member said:

Non-sensical responses were generating issues for our friends when they saw them. I bit the bullet and admitted to my wife’s Alzheimer’s by sending a… read more

posted about 12 hours ago

How Are You Staying In Contact With Your Loved Ones In A SNF During Covid?

How Are You Staying In Contact With Your Loved Ones In A SNF During Covid?

My mom is 95 and cannot speak, answer a phone, work a smartphone or computer etc. At the facility she is at, only scheduled outside visitations are allowed and even those are six feet apart. FaceTime visits are 3 times a week. Visitations are about once every two weeks.

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions or can tell me how their facility facilitates communication between the family and the loved one. Prior to Covid, I was there… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Hi Cynthia, Hugs to you too. This is so hard. My mom cannot use a tv remote either. Some of the shows that I know were on for mom were shows where every… read more

posted 9 days ago
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