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Diaper Or No Diaper??

Diaper Or No Diaper??

The nurses at the hospital said not to use diapers because they hold the heat and moisture next to the skin and you can’t tell if they went to the bathroom with one on.
What do my experienced fellow warriors say? Tonight Ernie took his gown off, pulled the pad out from under himself and used his gown to pee on.

edited, originally posted about 1 month ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I use them for my husband. You just have to check every couple of hours to make sure they are not too wet. No rashes or anything. My husband is incontinent and cannot go without them. The best kind… read more

posted 23 days ago

My Father Soaks Through His Overnight Adult Pull-up Every Night Regardless Of Brand. He's 6' Tall And Weighs 150 Pounds. Any Suggestions?

My Father Soaks Through His Overnight Adult Pull-up Every Night Regardless Of Brand. He's 6' Tall And Weighs 150 Pounds. Any Suggestions?

He wakes up wet and agitated every day. He's angry and yelling. He has aphasia, so he cannot explain what is going on. He's difficult to calm and it starts the day off badly for everyone. Please help!

posted about 1 month ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Griff, there are anti-diuretic medications that can be used to reduce the volume of urine. Here is a link to a description and a list of brand names
https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/antidiuretic-h...read more

posted about 1 month ago

What Are Symptoms Of End Stage For Dementia

What Are Symptoms Of End Stage For Dementia

posted 2 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Sorry to hear about your mom. Hard when thet get where they don't know.My husband dont. if he says "your Debbie my wife , Right? Or are you the other one. 🙄He thinks they are three of me .He sees… read more

posted 17 days ago

What Is The Difference Between Assisted Living And Long Term Care? In My Mind Those Are 2 Separate Situations.

What Is The Difference Between Assisted Living And Long Term Care? In My Mind Those Are 2 Separate Situations.

I thought assisted living is NOT 24 hour care. Whereas long term care involves 24 hour care.

posted 2 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

That helps a lot. Thanks Richard10. I didn’t know about the medication situation. That is something my husband would definitely need.

posted 2 months ago

My Husband Was Diagnosed 4 Years Ago With Dementia.His Sec Drive Has Become A Problem For Me As He Self Gratifies Himself Daily .

My Husband Was Diagnosed 4 Years Ago With Dementia.His Sec Drive Has Become A Problem For Me As He Self Gratifies Himself Daily .

He is unable to have an erection yet he continues to try to make it happen. He was recently put on a new medication which made him have a lot of involuntary movements and twitching, as well as being grumpy. I stopped the meds and seems better in those areas. The biggest problem is not being able to be out of his sight he has to accompany me everywhere.If we are in a group of people and I walk away to speak to someone he is right behind me.His confusion gets worse daily

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Hi Jessica .. there are articles online and here ( click on upper right 3 bars then on Resources ) re hypersexuality.....also ask hubby's dr re meds to decrease libido.

posted 3 months ago

My Father Is Sleeping Until The Afternoon. Is That Normal For Alzheimer’s?

My Father Is Sleeping Until The Afternoon. Is That Normal For Alzheimer’s?

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Having the disease I find taking naps makes my mind clearer. So for me naps are a very good thing

posted about 1 month ago

I Know There Are Many Factors To Consider, But What Was Happening To Make You Decide That Your Loved One Could No Longer Be Left Home Alone?

I Know There Are Many Factors To Consider, But What Was Happening To Make You Decide That Your Loved One Could No Longer Be Left Home Alone?

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

When he had another bad fall, this time out of the shower. Had to go to ER for stitches. At that point I knew I could no longer keep him safe., and for both our lives Memory Care was a good decision

posted about 6 hours ago

Memantine

Memantine

I am considering reducing my husband's Memantine dosage from 10 mg twice a day to 5 mg twice a day. I think the Memantine is why he only is awake for 6 hours a day. While awake he is alert and interactive for about 90 minutes and then doses off. The excessive sleep generally seems to have coincided with starting the medication. His doctors are giving me differing opinions. Can you please share your experiences with this medication? Has anyone reduced the dosage and what was the result?

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Memantine
My hubby started on Memantine for about 3 1/2 yrs. A year ago she upped it to 28 mg a day. I believe that is the highest dosage. He has not had problem with it at all. He takes it in the… read more

posted about 1 month ago

Dental Care

Dental Care

Mom is in a home. 86 years old. Not aware I am her daughter.
They tell me brushing their teeth is not possible. I see tarter building up. What do others do?

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

There are dental Hygenist that will do home visits.

posted about 6 hours ago

What To Say….

What To Say….

My mom keeps saying she wants to go home. She has lived in the same spot with her husband for 7 years. They haven’t moved, or nothing has changed. So when she says this we reminder her that she is home and she gets mad or agitated. Any advice on what we can say to her that isn’t correcting her but will remind her that she lives here? Should we be asking her where home is? Any advice would be great! It’s a daily thing and it is getting harder and harder.

posted 3 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My husband talked about going home, to Jacksonville Florida. That was his parents’ last residence, but he never lived there. His dad was a Navy career man and he grew up across the United States and… read more

edited, originally posted 3 months ago
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