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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

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A myALZteam Member said:

I have found that generally my wife is only too willing to co-operate when it is fronted as her "helping someone" out especially if it is personalized… read more

posted about 7 hours ago
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My husband is constantly saying his brothers just told him to meet him somewhere. They have all died but he doesnt believe me.

My husband is constantly saying his brothers just told him to meet him somewhere. They have all died but he doesnt believe me.

He gets all dressed and no matter what I tell him , he wants to leave the house, I have tried Cowboy movies to distract him and that sometimes works. What else can I do?

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A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks

posted about 12 hours ago
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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

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A myALZteam Member said:

I made this silly one for a recent baby shower.

posted about 12 hours ago
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Zyprexa

Zyprexa

My 96 year old mother has been taking zyprexa for 6 years. My mom has had dementia for 8 -9 years. This is the only medicine she takes for dementia. My mom was given this medicine by her primary doctor to help her eat better and to address hallucinations she was having due to her dementia. Recently, we have been told by her nursing facility that she should be weaned off this medicine. My mother is very restless and spends most of her nights walking the halls of her assisted living facility. My mother is… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks so much for your help.

posted 1 day ago
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Spouse caregivers: what helped YOU get help?

Spouse caregivers: what helped YOU get help?

MIL is trying to do everything herself to care for FIL. No respite. He is middle stages. She's already had an episode where she was on the floor unresponsive from stress and anxiety. We keep offering simple ways we can help (meals, cleaning, walking with pop, sitting with pop while she shops, shopping for her, driving when dr appt are far away, etc.) She almost always says no or she'll let us know. She has turned scatterbrained, extremely indecisive, and gets upset… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Congrats, that is progress!

posted 1 day ago
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Has anyone else experienced a parent getting very angry to the point of almost getting violent ? What are your suggestions?

Has anyone else experienced a parent getting very angry to the point of almost getting violent ? What are your suggestions?

My mother's doctors have suggested/told my mother that she should no longer be driving. She now lives in an independent living facility where transportation is provided. Earlier this year, I borrowed my mother's car. My sister and I decided this would be a good way to transition into not returning the car to my mom. Recently, we told my mom that we would not be returning the car to her and… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

My 92 yr old mom was so angry about her car being taken away she called the police numerous times to report her car had been stolen. It ultimately came… read more

posted 3 days ago
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Inside the mind

Inside the mind

My dad is 90 and in his 10th year of Alzheimer's. He lives in an assisted living facility with my 89 yr. old mom (his only connection to reality). He still has his endearing personality (through little quips and childlike comments), and is so kind to everyone he sees. But, he does not seem to understand how to perform the most basic activities anymore or understand what he is to be doing from one moment to the next. He doesn't know what goes on his toothbrush and asks what he is to do next after… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

I appreciate everything that's been said here to encourage and help each other. My greatest help has come from a gift from a friend; a book called… read more

posted 3 days ago
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My Mom is having a hard time sleeping at night!!

My Mom is having a hard time sleeping at night!!

My Mom doesn't stay asleep at night. She is awake more than she is asleep....she seems content to stay in bed, but I never know when she may decide to get up and start wandering. Then she wants to sleep the next day, won't eat, doesn't want to dress and is very hateful!! I try not to let her sleep the next day, except for short naps here and there....but that makes her harder to get along with!! Is anyone else having this same problem? Any ideas on what I might be… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

What is the Certification for?

posted 4 days ago
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New meds

New meds

My father went to see his primary(who he has seen for over 50 years). We told him the valium 3xs daily isnt working for my dads anxiety and we need something new. He spent less then 1 minute in the room and prescribed Xanax 2xs daily, and Ativan 1x nightly. Since on the meds(1 week today) he mood s have changed for the better but he is delusional. All he talks about is a lawsuit he won and how we are billionaires.(did not happen though). Every day he starts off by saying reporters will be at his place,… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Bless your heart! Yes, everyone should monitor the facilities their loved ones live in! As a retired RN, I see absolutely no reason for your treatment… read more

posted 16 days ago
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