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How Do You Determine What Phase Of Alzheimer Your Loved One Is In?

How Do You Determine What Phase Of Alzheimer Your Loved One Is In?

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My son is Down Syndrome and has been diagnosed with ALZ. I was able to take care of him at home until he fell last year. After the fall he was no longer able to walk at all , feed himself or… read more

Do You Ever Doubt Your Loved Ones Diagnosis?

Do You Ever Doubt Your Loved Ones Diagnosis?

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

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Susie Q.My husband was diagnosed with dementia 2 years ago and every day is a new day for him, some days I think he is fine but in the same day I see that he is not. You really hit home with your… read more

Has Anyone Ever Used A Therapy Dog For Dimentia? If Yes, How Did You Go About Getting One And Would Insurance/medicare Cover It?

Has Anyone Ever Used A Therapy Dog For Dimentia? If Yes, How Did You Go About Getting One And Would Insurance/medicare Cover It?

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.

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Greetings Diane70: We have a dog and a cat. The dog's name is Recycle. We named him that based on our son calling us one day stating he had just rescued a puppy from a dumpster while on his Rumpke… read more

Has Anyone Gotten A Pet After Your Loved Ones Diagnosis For The Purpose Of Providing Comfort And Activity?

Has Anyone Gotten A Pet After Your Loved Ones Diagnosis For The Purpose Of Providing Comfort And Activity?

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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I got an 8 week old puppy shortly after my husband was diagnosed and I feel it has been one of the best investments I have made. She is 3 years old now and he loves her. He has been good at helping… read more

Seroquel For Dementia

Seroquel For Dementia

Hi everyone:

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

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My husbands doctor gave him the same thing but I didn’t give it to him because of the warnings. She won’t give him Xanax either because of the side effects it has on dementia patients. He is on… read more

My Husband Cant Perform But He Thinks He Can And Then Gets Mad At Me If I Say No. Any Suggestions

My Husband Cant Perform But He Thinks He Can And Then Gets Mad At Me If I Say No. Any Suggestions

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

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Linda great post. Hope it helps Susie. Thinking about you

Different Sorts Of Dementia

Different Sorts Of Dementia

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

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We were told the meds really don’t help, possibly slow down the deterioration. Clinical trials maybe an option.

When Alzheimers Has Been Diagnosed In Your Family History, Have You Been Tested?

When Alzheimers Has Been Diagnosed In Your Family History, Have You Been Tested?

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?

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Both of my parents had dementia. My father had Alzheimer's and my mother had Lewy Body dementia as did her brother. I am not sure I want to know if I will have either one.

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 very angry and nothing I can do or say… read more

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Try getting them signed up with Hospice they are trained in it

I Have Taken Namenda & Exelon Since 2007 For Frontal Temporal Lobe? Why Isn't Given To Help More People?

I Have Taken Namenda & Exelon Since 2007 For Frontal Temporal Lobe? Why Isn't Given To Help More People?

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

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Donna,God bless you for hanging in! As an Early Stage Alz patient, I speak for loved ones who can no longer speak, when I say, IF they could, they would express so much gratitude for what you do for… read more