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What Can I Do To Get Her To Eat?

What Can I Do To Get Her To Eat?

She hasn't eaten a bite of anything for two days, except 2-5 packs of donut holes yesterday evening.
She is still very angry today. Wants me to tell her the truth about how I got here and why I'm here.

A myALZteam Member said:

Food can be a complicated situation. Dad still can be a little difficult about meals but i dont pay attention to his ‘this is enough for an army’ comments anymore. We give him his meals on a tv tray… read more

edited, originally posted about 23 hours ago

Who Can Tell Me What To Expect From The First Appointment With The Neurologist? (virtual)

Who Can Tell Me What To Expect From The First Appointment With The Neurologist? (virtual)

I've sent him some background and current info about her symptoms and he's responded that we can discuss during the visit. I have strict orders from her not to open my mouth. She has been so hateful the past two days, I'm questioning everything again. 😞

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband did also have an MRI showing brain shrinkage. We just all share so much in common! What a comfort to have this support grp as an outlet!

posted 3 days ago

Has Anyone Heard Of “False Memories?”

Has Anyone Heard Of “False Memories?”

Hello everyone! This is my first post. I am posting regarding my 86-year-old mother. Four years ago she was having trouble walking and with her memory. We thought for sure it was dementia. The neurologist and brain surgeon said she had Water on her brain. They then put a shunt in and it helped tremendously. It’s only been three years, she’s really starting to decline and really forget things. I know it’s dementia or Alzheimer’s. We’ve been seeing the neurologist but she doesn’t seem to give me a… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My Mom has the same thing confusing memories that have her so totally confused. It’s so hard to deal with this them while they are feeling like this. I just try my best to calm Mommy down. I tell her… read more

posted 1 day ago

Sleep

Sleep

My 74 year old mother with alzheimers lives alone. If someone is visiting or she has somewhere to go she is alert and awake, but if not she sleeps. I have a nanny cam and she has slept on the couch all day today excpet for 10 minutes when she talked to us on the phone. Is there any medication that can help her be more awake? I could understand this if she was in the later stages but she still drives and completes her ADLs on her own. I would say she sleeps 18+ hours a day. I have noticed that… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Hi Catherine! There are many reasons that might lead your mother to sleep more, but it sounds like she might need something to engage her in order to stay awake. If she is able to do habitual things… read more

edited, originally posted 7 days ago

Correction

Correction

When my dad tells a story I know didn’t happen, or relays info that I know isn’t right, do we correct him?

A myALZteam Member said:

I tend not to correct him because it can be upsetting. I learned a new phrase: "therapeutic fibbing". It sometimes helps to go along with them if there is no harm in it.

posted 6 days ago

How Do You Handle A New Specialist For An Unrelated Issue?

How Do You Handle A New Specialist For An Unrelated Issue?

Should I inform them of her dementia? Or just go with the flow?

A myALZteam Member said:

Please let the new Doctor know what meds she is on.

posted 8 days ago

I Post Regularly

I Post Regularly

My wife is seeing a Neurologist, follow up.
Previously,. diagnosis MCI.
I have a list of symptoms (word doc).
What should I talk to the doctor about?
One concern, I have DPA. Do I need guardianship?
Following week, meeting with attorney who did POA , ten years ago for updates on will, trust, etc.

A myALZteam Member said:

Michael, here is a link to The Alzheimer’s Association which contains a list of questions to ask your wife’s doctors:
https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/treatme...

posted 12 days ago

Has Anyone Else's Loved One Forgotten How To Poo?

Has Anyone Else's Loved One Forgotten How To Poo?

I am sorry if this is gross. But I am so frustrated. I am the main caregiver for a friend w alz. She has forgotten how to help herself move a bowel movement out. In fact, i think she purposely holds it in.
If anyone else has had this happen to their loved one, please give me some advice on what to do to help her.

A myALZteam Member said:

My mother thought she had to stand to poo. We explained she could stand for a minute but needed to sit down when ready to poo. It does take her time in the bathroom but she has not forgotten how to… read more

posted 10 days ago

Does Dementia Get Better For Awhile Sometimes?

Does Dementia Get Better For Awhile Sometimes?

I’m confused. A few weeks ago my husband needed me around constantly to make sure he didn’t do things like wash his laundry in the shower , encourage him to eat, not let the dog out without tying her up, or do anything dangerous. Now he seems more back to normal. There are still deficits that only I see. Like he can’t even play tic-tac-toe, or call 911. But he’s more helpful especially with things he has done in the past. He can’t handle finances at all. He needs help with the remote. Now he’s… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I agree with Bobbiejay08. My mother has good days or weeks, then bad days or weeks. I have seen her needs change throughout a day. I try to interact with her with no expectations and see what she… read more

posted 10 days ago

Mom Was Able To Walk Before She Went To Bed Last Night. This Morning She Was Unable To Walk. Has Anyone Experienced This?

Mom Was Able To Walk Before She Went To Bed Last Night. This Morning She Was Unable To Walk. Has Anyone Experienced This?

Is this part of the illness? I am so confused, just came from an orthopedic surgeon appointment. Next Step x-rays. Need to make appointment.

A myALZteam Member said:

My mom did this last week. Knee xray and leg ultrasounds show nothing. One hour she is limping and complaining of pain the next hour she walks fine and says she has no pain. I am so confused.

posted 7 days ago
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