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Is obsession with a pet normal?

Is obsession with a pet normal?

My mom who is in moderate stages Alzheimer’s, has a Cocker Spaniel. She is obsessed with the dog. She does everything based on the dog. She doesn’t want to leave the house unless the TV is on, a blanket is fluffed in the chair for the dog and all doors are locked. It’s maddening!! She picks up her poop bare handed and tries to get the dog to go with her to flush it down the toilet! Growing up we always had a “ pooper scooper” and it never went in the toilet. I took her away for a… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Yes it's normal.. the dog is her constant point of reference.

posted 2 months ago
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Moving your loved one in to an Assisted Living Facility.

Moving your loved one in to an Assisted Living Facility.

Has anyone made the decision to move your loved one in to an assisted living facility? My dad was diagnosed with dementia about 4 years ago. I’m sure he started developing it before then but he lived in another state and I had no idea. He has been living with us for the past 4 1/2 years. He has no friends and not much stimulation of any kind. Really has no interest in much. He will work on a jigsaw puzzle as long as I’m sitting with him but not always. I… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Hameed" It is out of my pocket. My IRA. We have only been married 8 years and he has no funds

posted 11 days ago
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My dad is my mom’s primary caregiver and lately has been losing his temper and has slapped her! HELP

My dad is my mom’s primary caregiver and lately has been losing his temper and has slapped her! HELP

My mom is 81 with Alzheimer’s mid-late stage. She is barely 5’ weighs 105 lbs and lives at home with my dad as her caregiver. My dad has many health issues including a very bad heart. Over the past 6 months he has had less and less patience and loses his temper and calls her names and has admitted to striking her. I have moved next door to be here to help and hopefully avoid this exact situation and yet I can’t… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

My experience with my bride is simply to hold her tight and close to me. She is a little reluctant at first, although when we start swaying a little… read more

posted 1 day ago
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Has anyone else just lost interest in almost everything?

Has anyone else just lost interest in almost everything?

I am a 73 year old woman taking care of my husband at home. I feel like a 73 year old single parent of a toddler. I can not leave him alone, He uses a walker as he loses his balance easily. He weighs 180 lb and has trouble getting out of chairs, etc so I have to try to get him up and my shoulders and back are often in pain now.I have to help him with all of his needs including toileting, cleaning him after eating as he drools, wiping his bottom as he leaves… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

I feel for you I am in almost the same situation as you, I don't mind taking care of my husband, he is still fairly easy to deal with, but it gets very… read more

posted 4 days ago
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My Pops (Dad) doesn’t have a good appetite anymore. Should I be worried?

My Pops (Dad) doesn’t have a good appetite anymore. Should I be worried?

Pops used to sneak in the kitchen and make him a P B & J 15 minutes after we just had a full meal but now he barely finishes what’s on his plate. Sometimes when we tell him it’s time to eat he says he’s not hungry because he already ate. We know he hadn’t but we don’t argue, we just save his plate and ask again later. It’s kind of like certain foods he used to love just don’t appeal to him anymore.

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posted 4 days ago
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Feeling sick

Feeling sick

Does anyone have any experience of someone feeling sick whilst they are eating? I give my 93 year old mum a balanced diet but more often than not now she starts feeling sick when eating and a few times has actually been sick. She does it at home and when we’re out in a restaurant often retching into her serviette. She used to have a huge appetite but now is never hungry but demands food at certain times of the day as that is when she has always eaten - hungry or not. She is 6 years past diagnosis… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks Steve. That sounds like a good short term compromise.

posted 5 days ago
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How do I make my husband comfortable when I bring someone in to sit with him for a few hours?

How do I make my husband comfortable when I bring someone in to sit with him for a few hours?

I am the caregiver for my 69 yr old husband who was diagnosed 5 yrs ago with Alzheimer’s. He still thinks he is capable of doing most things he could do before, which he is not. He is OK to leave home while I go for groceries as long as I leave him a note. The note helps when he forgets where I am. I also check in on him with my Alexa screen. All he has to do is talk to me-no dialing or answering the phone. He is soooo… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

I'm so glad you asked this question. I am wondering about this too. My 88 yr old Mother is in the same situation. I look forward to reading the answers.… read more

posted 9 days ago
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My dad has an ostomy and keeps taking the bag off. He's proud and won't accept help. Does anyone else deal with this. Suggestions please.

My dad has an ostomy and keeps taking the bag off. He's proud and won't accept help. Does anyone else deal with this. Suggestions please.

He doesn't remember how to put on a bag. He doesn't remember the surgery, nor does he connect it with a bowel movement. He thinks he ran into a post that poked a hole in his side. He puts tissues on it, and he messes with it while sitting. One would think his stoma would be infected, but it's not. We had him in the ER a week ago and he let a doctor look at it; the doctor said it was… read more

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A myALZteam Member said:

I've worked on dementia units and had several people who had colostomies. I would change the bag, wax wafer, and apply new skin protectant at least once… read more

posted 10 days ago
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Has anyone had them have bowel movements at night and get it on them?

Has anyone had them have bowel movements at night and get it on them?

My mom wakes up this morning and had a bowel movement during the night, plus had it only on her hands and lap of her pajamas... i dont know how she didnt get it everywhere or what she even did

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A myALZteam Member said:

Thank you elizabeth, melissa and Steve for your info! Much appreciated

posted 17 days ago
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