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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 your heart! I do know how you feel, though all the reassurance in the world won't ease her anxiety! It, unfortunately, becomes your reaction to it… read more

posted about 1 month 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… read more

posted about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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… read more

posted 5 months 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:

Yes, my husband does that all the time when he's sleeping. He also talks in his sleep and say things that sound work related.

posted about 6 hours 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… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My mum loves her tissue boxes, she stores things in them, pulls individual tissues out and rips them in half then folds food in them from her plate to… read more

posted about 1 month ago

Medication for depression

Medication for depression

Just thought I'd let you all know that my husband was getting very depressed as his alzheimers is worsening. He was even saying he wanted to die and he's had enough of this world. His appetite had hit ground zero and he's very underweight anyway so that was a big concern. The doc got him on to citalopram 20mg once a day. Brilliant!!!! after a couple of weeks a huge change.... hes happy every day now and that makes the alzheimers much more managable. I totally recommend it. He's getting… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My mother had good results for a few months but has now become extremely paranoid. She believes she is a government agent in the assisted living… read more

posted about 2 years ago

Do your ALZ loved ones start creating their own vocabulary?

Do your ALZ loved ones start creating their own vocabulary?

I know that ALZ can cause you to lose some words and understanding. But do you find that your loved ones start creating new words or phrases? Instead of a shower, Dad now takes a "shower-bath". And if we talk about shower, he doesn't understand. This is one of the easier ones to understand. It is making it hard to understand him. He knows what he is saying, but the rest of us don't. I think I may need to build a "Dad's Dictionary" as we figure these out.… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My mum hasnt advanced to this stage yet but she has commented that "she is losing her words"...thankyou for the suggestion..I will definitely give it a… read more

posted 7 days ago

How do you know when it is time to have someone placed in a care facility?

How do you know when it is time to have someone placed in a care facility?

Mom still can do her personal care for the most part. She does not use the kitchen anymore, nor does she drive or go anyplace unattended. Her spouse is taking care of her for the most part with help from my sister and myself 3 days a week. Mom is getting very frustrated because we can't always figure out what she is trying to say. She also thinks we are always talking about her or that we are plotting against her. She also believes her… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

KathiW,
Hiring a caregiver can really help ease your struggles and frustrations. For one thing, you get a little "me time" which I know is in short… read more

posted 7 months ago
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