My mom has been losing her short term memory for about a year now. After a petscan it showed no signs of alzheimers, then in the same breath the doctor said they aren't always accurate. She tests well on that 30 point test when she is at the neurologist (29 & 28 out of 30 the two times she took the test). Then at home she can't remember seeing my sister the day before when she was at her house for dinner and forgets things that happened a few hours before. She also doesn't… read more
Several months ago I was diagnosed with dementia because of a memory test. I was given 5 mg of Aricept and was told there may be Issues with my Bowels and let her know. I did have a issue and she wanted me to stay on it till my next check up. When I went back to the doctor she increased it to 10 mg. Started taking and went downhill very bad shape. I had the issue of blowing out at both ends. I was really sick and out of it. Checked on computer and there was a great list of possible side effects taking this drug. I was experiencing about eight of these symptoms. Immediately stopped taking the drug and I am back to my normal self. My memory is normal for being 75
Also the first vitamin that seniors seem to lose is B12 and this will cause confusion and memory problems, So will a thyroid problem. When did she last have the check up?
My mother couldn't take most of the memory meds, made her more confused. Aricept especially was bad. Could be part of the problem. Just note if it is worse perhaps after starting it. It was like she was in "la la land" when she was on it.
@A myALZteam Member Does your Mom live alone? Isolation can cause confusion. So can dehydration, malnutritian, or infection. Does Mom have a fever? check the fridge to see how much she eats. Does Mom have trouble getting around? When you go to visit ...take her for walks and see how she copes with you there. perhaps she needs more stimulation in her day. All the brst, -Sharon
Hi Faye,Hubby was not diagnosed with vascular dementia until after having a specialised scan at a teaching hospital in Southampton UK, up until then his memory lapses were blamed on his vascular parkinsons . We also agreed that they could check with us every 6 months to relate his progress/ deterioration.
This is such a complex disease that a memory test is given for both Parkinsons AND dementia, and is useless on it's own because there are several types of both these diseases. Vascular and coronary are just two. So don't panic, I am so glad you feel a lot better now. I hope you stay that way!! x