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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 husbands twitch isn't bad just his hand now. He did have it his legs. But meds for restless legs helped. This journey is hard.

posted 21 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:

Bless you Jim! Such a wonderful way to look at her memory loss and your yrs together! May your terrific attitude continue to stay with you always!

posted 10 days ago

How Do You Handle Sudden Changes In Appetite For Your Loved One?

How Do You Handle Sudden Changes In Appetite For Your Loved One?

A myALZteam Member said:

So sorry for your loss. You will have many changes to face, as you’re already finding out. Reach out any time.

posted 4 months 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 places is getting… 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 over 1 year 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 mats by her bed to cushion a… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband is on Melatonin- only restful, natural enzyme docs at VA would order- no sleeping pills for all reasons above. He still gets up most nites and wanders around house, moving and "hiding"… read more

posted 3 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 make him look at the clear water either, he's not convinced!! I… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I hate shower time. My husband can't hear and can't take any directions anymore. I have to speak so loud for him to hear and it is so frustrating. He can't dry either, so again that is my job. He has… read more

posted 22 days 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 very angry and nothing I can do or say… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Oh boy I guess we all have the same problem. My husband take a shower once a week and he said that he bathe the day before.

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. Sometimes I am angry at his children for not helping out even though I know in my heart they are busy with… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My mom could have written this. She cared for my dad who had Alzheimer's for 7 years. My sister and I tried to help as much as possible, but Dad would not let us help much (he didn't know who we… read more

posted 19 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 everyone.when I'd hear what was happening it wasn't… read more

posted about 1 year ago
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