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What Are Some Tips For Helping My Mom Eat?

What Are Some Tips For Helping My Mom Eat?

My mom has lost 6 pounds in the last month. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to feed her. She won't open her mouth. When she does and I get food in there, she puts it in her cheek. I give her frequent reminders and try to show her what to do (ie. open your mouth, chew your food, push the food to the back of your mouth, etc).I know a feeding tube is an option, but I'm not sure we're at that point yet. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions of things to try?

A myALZteam Member said:

My dad enjoys milk shakes and ice cream.

posted about 19 hours ago

What Do You Call The Type Of Dementia Where The Patients Talk To People Who Are Not There.

What Do You Call The Type Of Dementia Where The Patients Talk To People Who Are Not There.

I recently read where there is a lady that talks to people that are not there. Her mother had been diagnosed with the type of memory loss but I can not remember the name. Can someone help me with this. I deal with this a lot with my spouse.

A myALZteam Member said:

It’s part of hallucinating which is common at an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

posted 5 days ago

Is Anyone Currently Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) As A Therapy For Their Loved Ones Diagnosed With Alzheimer's?

Is Anyone Currently Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) As A Therapy For Their Loved Ones Diagnosed With Alzheimer's?

My wife was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in July, 2020. I've been investigating alternative therapies versus the pharmaceuticals currently available (my wife's doctor recommended Namenda), and came across several intriguing articles using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease, especially when one is diagnosed early with the disease.

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A myALZteam Member said:

David - you are correct in all your comments except, perhaps, for one: "This may not be the most "optimal" pressure..." According to my research, ATA… read more

posted 3 days ago

Any Advice On How To Make A Move An Easier Transition?

Any Advice On How To Make A Move An Easier Transition?

I am moving my mother from independent to assisted living on Friday. She is very aware of things, but does have moderate memory issues and can become agitated if she isn't given the time to understand every minute detail.

A myALZteam Member said:

I wish I had advice, but just know I am thinking of you. I will be doing this soon too. I'm trying to put it off until the pandemic is more under… read more

posted 8 days ago

What Is The Best Way To Respond When Someone With Dementia In Long Term Care Asks Why They Can't Go Home?

What Is The Best Way To Respond When Someone With Dementia In Long Term Care Asks Why They Can't Go Home?

A myALZteam Member said:

We used to be able to just tell him that he needed extra care. He has been at long term care for 1 yr now. Now he gets upset and says he is fine and… read more

posted 12 days ago

When Mom Complains To Others

When Mom Complains To Others

I overhear lots of conversations between mom and friends/family and when they ask her how things are going, her response is always negative. She says "it's rough" or "bad". When I ask her about it, she swears she didn't say that. Seems like I can't do anything right, when I get her breakfast, lunch and dinner, give her the meds, wash her clothes, fix her tv (a million times a day),.... it's exhausting and hurts when I feel like she's talking bad about me to others. My sibs say that… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I am in the same boat "mom complains to others". I have to just let it roll off my back and know I am doing the right thing. I walk away when she starts… read more

posted 2 days ago

What Are Some Early Symptoms When Moving From Mild Cognitive Disorder To Dementia?

What Are Some Early Symptoms When Moving From Mild Cognitive Disorder To Dementia?

A myALZteam Member said:

Robert! Cannot thank you enough for your prompt response and perfection in a recommendation! It is exactly what I am looking for.

With thanks for your… read more

posted 12 days ago

How Do You Handle The Guilt Of Putting Your Loved One In Memory Care?

How Do You Handle The Guilt Of Putting Your Loved One In Memory Care?

My husband was so confused and was wandering away. He once hid from everyone. I felt it best to have him in a safe place. I am so guilty about this. Anyone have any advice. It would be greatly appreciated.

A myALZteam Member said:

Thank you so much. Your answer was so comforting.

posted 13 days ago
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