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My Mother Won’t Stand Up On Her Own.

My Mother Won’t Stand Up On Her Own.

My mom is 83, living with us and has had dementia for 8 years. I believe we are moving into the final stages. She has started to not stand up/sit up on her own. If I ask her to stand up she will just stair at me and It can take a minimum of 10-20 mins to get her to stand or even try. It’s very frustrating when she is just starting at me and honestly I have yelled at her (not proud of that) to get her moving. I’m not sure if I should help her (which I do) or to try and let her… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My mom has struggled with mobility and can not stand on her own anymore but we have worked for a routine on what she needs to do to stand and I have her… read more

posted 6 days ago

How To Keep Mum From Trying To Remove Cast

How To Keep Mum From Trying To Remove Cast

Mum broke her arm just above the wrist (Colles fracture) two days ago. She of course cannot remember this or why she has to wear a cast and sling. We have caught her five times (including the middle of the night) trying to cut the cast off, once soaked it in a sink full of water. The hospital repaired it last night and loosened it a bit to decrease the swelling. Dad hid the scissors.

Has anyone else had this problem? Other than constant supervision, how do we keep Mum… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

I got cercie a necklace type Id I took it off the chain and pinned it to the back of his collar out of his reach

posted 4 days ago

Locking Kill Dispenser

Locking Kill Dispenser

Mom still lives alone. She self medicates. Can someone recommend a good locking pill dispenser.

A myALZteam Member said:

There are tons on Amazon that are great. Most will not allow meds to be released unless it is time. If you don't want her to get in it at all, just… read more

posted 4 days ago

What Is Good Internet Service For The Elderly Without Paying Too Much And Smart Tv Vs Computer?

What Is Good Internet Service For The Elderly Without Paying Too Much And Smart Tv Vs Computer?

My mom has early-stage ALZ. She doesn't have internet service but she wants a computer where she can watch church service online because some of the churches in Atlanta, GA are doing online. I really don't know what to do because sometimes she forgets how to turn on the tv with the remote. She feels like she is left out in knowing technology, but I just don't want to get it and then later on she will tell me it's not… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Do a online search for low cost or even low income internet. You maybe able to get a discount if your mom's income qualifies or free if she is getting… read more

posted 11 days ago

Dealing With Questions About People Who Have Died

Dealing With Questions About People Who Have Died

Every evening my husband ask about his Mom, Dad, Sister and it is like he hears that they are dead for the first time. Then he goes into a what a call a "zone" where he doesn't hear me~~wants the keys to go see them, tells me they are not dead, and doesn't know who I am. Gets really aggitated with me--not physical, but very emotional. Thinking of telling them they live in another state--hard for me to lie.

A myALZteam Member said:

buy some picture postcards and send your mom one during the mail from time to time make sure they have pictures of Italy on them if at all possible

posted 4 days ago

What To Do If They Will Not Eat, Play With Food.

What To Do If They Will Not Eat, Play With Food.

A myALZteam Member said:

at the end of my husbands life he had forgotten how to chew but he could still drink I was holding an ensure for him to drink through a straw when I… read more

posted 4 days ago

Is It Ok To Let A Person With Alzheimer’s Sleep As Much As They Want?

Is It Ok To Let A Person With Alzheimer’s Sleep As Much As They Want?

My husband was taking a nap or two while watching TV during the day. Now he goes to bed at night around 9 pm (may get up once or twice in the night for the bathroom) but doesn’t get out of bed until 9 or 10 am. Then through the day takes several naps. I feel like he would sleep all the time if I wasn’t bothering him. Should I be concerned or greatful that I have a peaceful husband that the disease hasn’t caused to act out. I truly do feel… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband had a UTI a couple
weeks ago that sent him into a tailspin right at the same time he started taking seroquel. It was a nightmare. Since the… read more

posted 1 day ago

Where Does The Authority To Decide Lay?

Where Does The Authority To Decide Lay?

My mother was placed into rehab after a stint in hospital. She has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia but is an amazing actress which tends to fool staff. Despite myself being the contact person for all mums needs the hospital allowed her to make the decision to check herself out without any consultation from myself or her geriatrician. She will also ring her bank and cancel cards etc. I just don’t know how to stop all this behaviour. I am literally at breaking point. She… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

Eldercare attorney is best

posted 4 days ago

What's The Next Stage When Your Loved One Wets Their Depends And Don't Realize How Wet They Are?

What's The Next Stage When Your Loved One Wets Their Depends And Don't Realize How Wet They Are?

I received an e-mail from the facility that my husband has completely wet his depends. He usually let's someone know when he has to go. He was tested for a UTI and kidney stones but was diagnosed with constipation. When my husband talks about his deceased father I know a decline is coming. He has been talking a lot about his dad for about 3 weeks. What should I prepare for if anything.

A myALZteam Member said:

Facilities can be difficult due to the amount of clients they have versus staff ratio. I can imagine how stressful it is for you to trust the care that… read more

posted 9 days ago

What Do You Do About Anxiety?

What Do You Do About Anxiety?

Tossing sheet, pillow, socks during the night.

A myALZteam Member said:

janelwessely is correct, talk with his Dr. Our primary care doctor could not help much with Alzheimer's patient, but geriatric doctor did prescribe… read more

posted 18 days ago
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