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
I have read that one of the characteristics of vascular dementia is compared to a staircase. There will be a period of sharp decline followed by a period of leveling off vs. the steady downward decline that most of us see with Alzheimer’s.
My husband gives me glimpses of old self and I get happy, then it switches again, yes he needs help with remote, he needs my help getting his shoes on, he gets upset because I remind him to eat his food that’s right in front of him yet he seems to not notice it. Each day seems to bring challenges for sure.
There are many sites on the internet that you can access through Google or other search engines. I tend to get a lot of information from AARP. But Mark Lowery described the basic differences with vasclular dementia being like a staircase...up and down behaviors. Alzheimer's is just a steady decline. Good luck in your journey and remember we are here to support you.
Wow! I would be confused also with all the changes you are seeing. Is he takin any new meds? I don't want to bring you down, but I for one have given up on trying to understand his behavior changes from day to day. Some days he is just fine and can complete simple tasks. Other days, he walks around like he's in a trance. Your husband has been diagnosed with other forms of dementia so I would suspect it is even more difficult to figure out where his behaviors are coming from. This is something only his doctor can explain. I can only say to just enjoy the good and learn the best ways to deal with the bad or different. Good luck in your journey and take care of yourself as much as you can. Hugs!