When my husband is out of sorts, I think okay, this really is happening. But sometimes (a lot here lately), I wonder could this all be a mistake? Could something else have been going on 6months ago and now it’s over? My husband has been on Aricept for about 5 or 6 months and since July 2nd on the highest dosage. Does he really need it anymore? I am so confused and I don’t want him labeled with something he doesn’t have! Has anyone else ever went through this doubt or know of a misdiagnosis being… read more
I've noticed Frank seems to connect well with dogs. He seems more calm and not so anxious. We lost our 9 1/2 yr old boxer dog a year ago. When my son brings over his American Bull/Pit dog or my daughter brings over her Rottweiler, Frank spends the entire time either playing with the dog and petting them.
We have always had a dog (my husband loves dogs) but our last one died several months after my husbands diagnosis and I just didn’t think I could handle something else to take care of. But now we have a home with a fenced in back yard and I’m wondering if a dog would provide comfort and activity for him. He is middle stages and I would be the one caring for the dog. One of my concerns would be if after we got the pet if I found I couldn’t handle it and had to rehome, how it would affect him
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My mother (89, with moderate dementia) was not doing well on Xanax for sundowning and related anxiety, The doctor thought it might be contributing to some of her symptoms. He prescribed 12.5 mg of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) to be taken once in the evening and stopping the Xanax. Looking at the Medication Insert, I see that a serious side effect is "the risk of death in the elderly with dementia" and "risk of suicidal thoughts," and "not indicated for elderly patients with… read more
I love my husband very much. But since the ALZ kicked in he thinks about sex all the time and that part of our life is gone and he wants to try and gets upset with me cause i wont give in butt there is no sence in it cause aint nothing gonna happen anyway so i get accused of having an affair. I just tell him i love him and i just want to cuddle. or sleep. I dont want to hurt his feelings or make him think he aint attractive to me. Do you know what i mean. I am just beside myself will ALL of… read more
I have been involved in the workup of my Fathers condition from the start, and being a medical professional myself, have understood all the diagnostics and differentials that needed to be considered to get a handle on why he was experiencing the symptoms he was at the time. In fact, i was more concerned about it all than his doctor, who was trying to blow it off as "normal aging". All the workup led to was a neurologist confirming that there was diffuse cerebral atrophy. Named it "Dementia-… read more
I’ve got 3 generations of family with history of Alzheimers. Has anyone had genetic testing, or MRIs, for baseline? If so, are you glad you did?
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
Three Pet scans show I have this. Namenda & Exelon help the brain in different ways and are affective when taken together. I still drive , care for my self, ect. I also take Folate , VIT B12. At times I forget some things. Why aren't these 2 meds used more often to help others? I have tried to reach out to help , but no response. It is so frustrating, these are not used more. I think some Drs need to try to be more awareto help others. When I first got it , I could not think or speak right, but… read more