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I wanted to share this with you. My mom is forgetful but no other signs of cognitive difficulties. But the doctor still recommended Donepezil. We tried a low dose for almost 3 months. During that time, Mom had some nightmares but also so very vivid dreams. Even though they weren't scary, she would wake from them and it could take a few hours before she totally recovered and understood they were truly dreams.
The doctor told us this was most likely advancement of dementia and recommended… read more
Jackie always took her Aricept/Donepizil in the mornings and wasn’t troubled by dreams/nightmares. I have heard that more often from people taking it in the evening. That said, your point about each… read more
My daughters and I get together on group face time (zoom would work) and light the candle that we had at his celebration of life. We share memories and eat ice cream which was Bob's favorite treat… read more
Keeping a log was especially helpful for the staff that helped out in our home. I encouraged them to write down anything that they found helpful in certain situations - as well as logging sleep, no… read more
How do I help my dad accept that his wife now needs to be in a memory care facility? The doctor has recommended it. She is becoming more aggressive towards everyone at home now. However my father is still in denial and thinks she’ll get better.
Maybe contact the Alzheimer's association in your area. They may be able to talk to the whole family in regards to options in your area. They also have many educational opportunities that may help… read more
I will careful evaluate the whole situation, am I doing this for the well being of my husband, or am I doing this for me to bring me the balance that I think I need to keep me sane. I was in that… read more
If you live on Social Security only,your wife has Dementia,cant afford in home or rest home 24 hour care but still must work because you are the breadwinner,( to make ends meet) Does anyone know of a federal or state supplemental program. I am 78 and Gloria is 76 and dementia hit her last year and her decline has been rapid. Does anyone know of a situation where a spouse can be the paid caregiver.We have Hospice which helps a lot but I know as she gets worse the need for a home is going to raise… read more
Mother just fell and has broken her hip. Doctors are not recommending surgery. My parents and siblings and myself all prefer at home care. Recommendations on how others have handled similar situations would be appreciated.
I used to be a nurse ...a " Kinaire bed " and a lift are very useful..a Kenaire bed circulates air through chambers so no pressure on any one spot . It's basically a forced air pressure air mattress… read more