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Does Anyone Else Notice A Lot Of Twitching And Jumping When Their Loved One With Dementia Is Sleeping During The Day.my

Does Anyone Else Notice A Lot Of Twitching And Jumping When Their Loved One With Dementia Is Sleeping During The Day.my

My mums limbs twitch and jump when she is dosing during the day.

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband also has a lot of twitching and hand gestures while sleeping.thinks he hears knocking on door. Things happening outside. Yells out in anger… read more

posted 7 days ago

"Sun Downers"

"Sun Downers"

How do you cope with "Sun-downers". My husband wants to go "home" everynight. He even packs things he is taking with him. Every trick I know does nothing to help.

A myALZteam Member said:

I experience a lot of what is described here. The sundowning is really bad and nothing works. My husband gets extremely aggressive and will start… read more

posted 1 day ago

Caregiver Joy - I've Lost Mine

Caregiver Joy - I've Lost Mine

I am 52, and left my job in April to say home and care for my husband.
He has 3 adult children. I have no children of my own.
I'm a devoted and loving wife & partner.
My goals have been to keep M happy, safe and give him as much joy as possible.
Now, I'm struggling.... more than I ever have.
I've lost my joy. Any joy.
I am i his only caretaker, with him 24/7. I am able to leave him for an hour or so, but not much longer.
When I do leave, I worry constantly anyway.
Taking him… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Lorraine 1924, I googled the book you suggested and downloaded sample and it is very helpful. Thank you for suggesting it

posted 9 months ago

My Mum Has Nothing To Do!

My Mum Has Nothing To Do!

My Mum spent her life looking after other people and now she is poorly she has nothing to do. She has no hobbies or interests and she has a terrible back so is fairly immobile. This is not causing problems as her Dementia is progressing. She is teary in the afternoons and is generally depressed, she also gets very angry if we try to help her with things. It is so hard for us and especially for the kids (10 and 11) who want to do things with her but we have no idea what to do. She does… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Everyone I just found out that my mother in law can no longer sit up by herself. She has to be transferred from one room to another in her wheelchair.… read more

posted about 1 month ago

Does Anyone Have Any Solutions For Night Wanderers?

Does Anyone Have Any Solutions For Night Wanderers?

My mother has very restless nights, she wakes up between 1am and 5 am and tries to get up out of bed and wander, it can be 2-6x a night. Our worst nightmare happened three weeks ago when she got up and fell beside her bed and had a displaced fracture of the pelvis. She is on the mend but night time is a serious safety issue for us. I have ordered a bed alarm mat that works like a baby monitor that alerts us if she gets up off the pad as well as putting cushioned… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I'm going to look for that Safe Wander that FCNCO suggested.

My father wanders when he is in his dementia stage, he wants to go home. It's why I retired… read more

posted 6 months ago

Does Your Spouse/relative Have Issues Getting Rinsed In The Shower/bath?

Does Your Spouse/relative Have Issues Getting Rinsed In The Shower/bath?

I help hubby to shower - don't have to wash him - as he sometimes can't work the controls. Plus I hand his showergel in to him and take it off him (and put it out of sight) as I discovered he was washing himself up to 3 times, having forgotten he'd done it!! If I don't hide it, he has come out of the shower to get it again!! I tell him he is rinsed but he continually argues, saying he doesn't 'feel' rinsed. It doesn't matter if I… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

No such thing as shower time...bird baths only and they're few and far between.im constantly concerned with infections and such because i know she… read more

posted 13 days ago

Younger Early Onset Alzheimer's Caregivers

Younger Early Onset Alzheimer's Caregivers

My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in March 2016 at age 51. My heart is still breaking. I am 43, I work full-time and we have three children (18, 20, 22). I am scared to death of what the future holds :(

A myALZteam Member said:

I am so sorry...wow 2 yrs..no two ppl are the same. It's good he's settled in so easy. My husb. Had one week I respite and he was a nightmare to… read more

posted 3 months ago

Does Anyone Have Any Ideas On How To Stay True To Yourself During This Trying Time Of Being A Full Time Caregiver???

Does Anyone Have Any Ideas On How To Stay True To Yourself During This Trying Time Of Being A Full Time Caregiver???

Maybe this question was posted prior to my joining this site & if so, please forgive.
My husband was diagnosed in 2012, & now needs me for everything. He sometimes gets angry if I leave the room. I don't feel like a person anymore. I don't get to be just me anymore. I don't get to do the things some of the things I used to enjoy. Sometimes I feel resentful, & angry at this disease.… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Sometimes you can't help feeling anger and frustration. We are still human. Many times it can be like dealing with a toddler in an adult body. I am… read more

posted 9 months ago

Getting My Precious Mother With Alzheimer To Shower.

Getting My Precious Mother With Alzheimer To Shower.

I am the daughter of a sweet mother (88) with dementia. I can absolutely not get her to bathe. She insists that she just took a shower when it has been at least 4 weeks since her last one. I have tried everything I can think of: telling her we will have a spa day and I will help her if she wishes. I bought her a nice shower mitt and shower gel and a stool to sit on while in the shower. I have tried a calendar showing her the last time she showered. She gets… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I have found that showers with my mom are hard even thought I cut the shower stream as low as it will go I can understand the water on thin skin maybe… read more

posted 3 months ago
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