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"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

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

Stages Of Altzheimers

Stages Of Altzheimers

Hi all, just wondering how long other people have found from when they first noticed symptoms of loosing things and memory loss to when their loved one becomes incontinent and unable to do their own personal cares etc
My husband has shown signs of altzheimers for 10 years now and getting progressively worse over the last 3 and seems to have taken quite a dive in the last year. Also he was formally diagnosed a year or so ago. Doc says mid stage early onset (he's 62 now). He is very lost… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Looking back I now realize she had minor periods of forgetfulness two ot three years before being diagnose. Her diagnosis came when there was a dramatic weight loss. We didn't know she was so… read more

posted over 1 year ago

Anyone Have Alzheimer's Patient Loss Vision

Anyone Have Alzheimer's Patient Loss Vision

Teddy woke this morning you use the loo. I put the light on. But: he couldn't see. He told me he was blind. This went on for two hours. I finally got him to sleep a hour or so. When he woke up.. he could see again. He saw doctor . She said Alzheimer's can cause the brain to stop communicating with any part and resume communication

A myALZteam Member said:

On a few occasions caregivers have reported what seemed to be temporary loss of vision or hearing that may be a ravished brain cells "blip"..sort of like a faulty switch going off and back on....not… read more

posted almost 2 years ago

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

Suggestions To Keep Mom (severe Mobility Issues Due To Arthritis) Occupied?

Suggestions To Keep Mom (severe Mobility Issues Due To Arthritis) Occupied?

My mother can't do any of the things she used to enjoy like cooking, reading, shopping, traveling. She can't follow plots or comprehend more than a headline. Although the tv is on all day she isn't actively listening anymore. To keep her occupied we have reorganized dresser drawers & her jewelry box, gone through boxes of photos & worked on the family tree together. She has short term memory loss but is pretty clear about family history & loves to talk about relatives & events from the past. I… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I found another item that my husband like to play with and keeps him busy for hours. It is the water wonders. The toy that you push a button and it shoots small round ball up into baskets, so the… read more

posted 3 months ago

Progressive Relaxation, Anyone?

Progressive Relaxation, Anyone?

Have caregivers used Progressive Relaxation as a way to reduce their own stress? This technique has you listen to a soothing voice (with calming music) while you systematically clench and relax various muscle groups. I had found this technique useful several years ago, but I plan on returning to its use now that I am responsible for my wife’s care.

A myALZteam Member said:

Me too!

posted 10 months ago

Soooo...why Is It So Hard...?

Soooo...why Is It So Hard...?

Why is it so hard to be patient? I know it's not their fault. I know it is the disease. But why is it so hard to answer the same question over and over again? Why is it so hard to to listen even when they aren't making sense? Why is it so hard to not expect more from them? It's been more than a year. Why am I not better at this?

I don't expect an answer. Just sharing what's running through my head before it comes out as tears. Love and hugs to all of you going through this with your… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I agree about the hard part... wow, I’ve only had my mom in my home for a bit over a month and already feel this way. She’s not pleasant, tells me I’m holding her hostage & wants to go back to her… read more

posted 4 months ago

My Wife Is Being Obstinate About Showering And Teeth Brushing On A Regular Basis. Any Suggestions That May Help? Thanks

My Wife Is Being Obstinate About Showering And Teeth Brushing On A Regular Basis. Any Suggestions That May Help? Thanks

A myALZteam Member said:

Portable basin filled with soapy water. I put moms on the tray table in her room in the a.m. Wet wipes are life savers and hair washing is sometimes just a damp wash rag and a towel. You can also buy… read more

posted over 1 year 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
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