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Can Anyone Recommend A Laundry Detetgent Or Product That Eliminates Urine Odor?

Can Anyone Recommend A Laundry Detetgent Or Product That Eliminates Urine Odor?

A myALZteam Member said:

Yes I just add regular white vinegar to the laundry. I’ve used it for years for my husband‘s clothes. We live on a farm and I’ve always had cattle so his clothes had a variety of smells to them when… read more

posted 14 days ago

Has Anyone Used The Robotic Pets Or Lifelike Baby Dolls With Their Loved One's? S

Has Anyone Used The Robotic Pets Or Lifelike Baby Dolls With Their Loved One's? S

My mom has latched onto a 3 foot high santa decoration on a stand. I need to find something smaller. The stuffed animals don't work for her. The robotic ones I have seen are so expensive.

A myALZteam Member said:

I bought a mechanical dog for my husband - There were times that he would interact with it like it was real. It had some sort of a sensor so it would respond if he moved. I had it sitting on a stool… read more

posted 13 days ago

Has Anyone Used The Robotic Pets Or Lifelike Baby Dolls With Their Loved One's? S

Has Anyone Used The Robotic Pets Or Lifelike Baby Dolls With Their Loved One's? S

My mom has latched onto a 3 foot high santa decoration on a stand. I need to find something smaller. The stuffed animals don't work for her.

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband, a cat lover, had a robotic cat that I gave him for Christmas. He loved it, and most of the time thought it was real. We have a cat which he loved, but she’s not much of a lap cat, so this… read more

posted 15 days ago

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

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband passed away two months ago with Altzimers. He had been on Seroquel and Donepezil and they really didnt help over the course of his journey. I got him on hospice late in his altzimers and… read more

posted about 9 hours ago

How Can I Get Help For My Wife In The Condition She Is In.

How Can I Get Help For My Wife In The Condition She Is In.

My wife has been diagnosed with ALZ/Dementia about 2 years ago. She cannot speak, she urinates on herself and never wipes after she goes to the bathroom. She has stopped driving and can do nothing for herself. I have to assist her with bathing and dressing. The only thing she can do is feed herself. Unfortunately, she need a knee replacement so it's difficult for her to get around.
What help can you offer in this situation because she cannot be left alone.

A myALZteam Member said:

Vcobb, my wife does have hospice and Medicare is paying for it, the difference for me couldn't afford to her stay at home also, most guy plan ahead but i was stupid. I thank the Lord she's safe and… read more

posted 16 days ago

Length Of Story

Length Of Story

I have the story of my wife's dementia that was originally a 3 part series published in my newspaper column. I kind of condensed the 3 parts into one 1650 word document. Is this too big to publish as my story?

A myALZteam Member said:

Contact the MAT Admin...they have long articles/stories in Resources section from many members, including me, Regular posts are word limited but the articles are longer.

posted 20 days ago

Ratings For State Inspection And Medicare

Ratings For State Inspection And Medicare

I am placing my mother in memory care and doing all of this alone. I would like to know how I can get the state inspection and Medicare ratings for facilities. Also, what other type of questions besides what is obvious should I be asking and looking for? I know when touring, they guide you essentially but what don't they just come out and say that I need to know. Your advice is very much appreciated, thank you in advance!

A myALZteam Member said:

My thoughts are with you and I wish you the strength
I found out just today that you can ask the care facility for the state ratings and they have to provide it. I asked the facilities that I… read more

posted 19 days ago

Help With Sleeping

Help With Sleeping

My mom is 74, diagnosed with Alzheimer's 4 years ago. Her symptoms are markedly worse when she isn't sleeping well and when her stress level is high. Sleep seems to be a constant problem for her. Her doctor prescribed a very small dose of Quetiapine 3 nights a week, but I feel like the medication might be making her confusion worse, and she seems to hallucinate sometimes, especially during the night, and I wonder if that is also caused by the Quetiapine.

Has anyone had a doctor recommend a… read more

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband does well with melatonin and trazadone.

posted 13 days ago

I Just Joined But I Don’t Want My Whole Name Being Used. How Can I Change It

I Just Joined But I Don’t Want My Whole Name Being Used. How Can I Change It

A myALZteam Member said:

Click on the menu icon (3 horizontal bars) in the upper right corner of the screen, then click on settings, then account settings, and finally user name.

posted 22 days ago

My Husband Asks About Going Places, Doing Things That He Cannot Do. I Usually Say That We Will Go To The Movies Or To The Beach But

My Husband Asks About Going Places, Doing Things That He Cannot Do. I Usually Say That We Will Go To The Movies Or To The Beach But

What’s a better approach. It is so very difficult to find activities he can actually participate in!

A myALZteam Member said:

I don't know there is another approach than what you are doing. Deflect, lie and hope for the best is generally the move caregiver's make. When a bull is running, the only thing you can do is to… read more

posted 22 days ago
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