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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.

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Dearest Sandra! Such a common problem most all of us have faced! My husband too wanted to go home every nite until his 2/17 admission to Memory Care- when I visit he never asks to go home! Married… 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. Sometimes I am angry at his children for not helping out even though I know in my heart they are busy with… read more

posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I know exactly how your feeling vim alone in this too. My moms caregiver. Only caregiver. I have a sister she comes every 2 weeks for maybe 2 hours and a brother who has no patience so I don't like… read more

posted 6 months 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

posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband is getting close to late stage. He needs help changing and bathing. I notice he is not eating much any more also. He has lots of accidents so I keep him in depends. Sleeps about 16 hours a… read more

posted 4 days 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.

posted over 4 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

@A myALZteam Member not necessarily. He may just be OCD about cutting his food up right now. It’s something that he can still do himself.

posted 13 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

posted about 5 years ago
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 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

posted over 3 years ago
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 about 3 years ago

Two Questions. Do You Tell Your Loved One They Have Alzheimers? And Do You Go To THEIR Psychiatrist To Ask Questions?

Two Questions. Do You Tell Your Loved One They Have Alzheimers? And Do You Go To THEIR Psychiatrist To Ask Questions?

I am trying to figure out how to help my mother-in-law who has been with us 2 months.

I need an official diagnosis but would like more details on caregiving and what level she's at, and whether certain meds are affecting her paranoia. Need advice on psychiatric meds, etc. So do I go to appointments using HER insurance? Or go to my own psychiatrist and ask questions about her? (I don't actually have one) How do you manage these things?

And I'm afraid to say to her "you have Alzheimers so I need… read more

posted over 6 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Our experience with neurologists have not been good. Their bedside manner is not good. One thing I realized too, is that you don't want the Dr. talking directly to your list in front of the patient… read more

posted 5 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

posted about 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Everyone have a good night . Tomorrow is another day. (Phone number can only be seen by the question and answer creators)

posted 5 months 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?

posted almost 2 years ago
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 over 1 year 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.

posted about 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Me too!

posted about 2 years ago
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