My husband's doctor says he has "memory issues" and that is it. A friend does not want her mother's doctor to make her diagnosis "dementia". Why is this? Does anyone have any insight into this?
A survey here in UK back in 2015, if I remember right, found over 20% of primary care doctors reluctant/unwilling to diagnose dementia. Their case was that it is incurable so why distress the patient. Here a lot of support for families depends on having a diagnosis. Our Alz Society ran a pretty effective “Right to know” campaign but I hear some dinosaurs are still out there.
Could it have to do with insurance coverage snd not wanting a pre-existing condition Or, perhaps being disqualified for benefits your Loved Ones might apply for? Is it embarrassment or shame? Very hard to guess.
My mom also has stop
Eating this last month. Claims she needs to lose weight. She lost 15 lbs last month. We give her food and she will take a few bites then give rest to her dogs. Makes me so mad. We now give her boost and ensure which she loves to help her Get calories in her. Her dr said if have to I can give her 6 a day and she can live off that. I don’t know. So far I pay attention to how much she eats to determine how many she gets. I put in clear glass with some ice and a straw. She thinks it’s a milkshake.
Your mom is scared. As a person with Alzheimers, it scares the hell out of me when I "see" an hallucination or get so "confused" that I can't figure out something simple. Be sure she knows how much you love her. Isn't that what we all want, no NEED, most?
thanks Steve. I know his Long Term Care policy would require a diagnosis in order for benefits to kick in. We don't need those benefits yet but the day is coming and that is why we have paid the premiums for the insurance for all of these years. His father had Alz by his early 60s and my husband is now 67.