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Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-16-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My darker thoughts

Thank you all for your support. It's good to know that others have similar thoughts and feelings.
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-15-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638
Posted By sonofvasc
My darker thoughts

(If this seems long, go down about four paragraphs to get to the gist of it.) Let me start by saying that my father was a wonderful and brilliant man, a great provider, husband, and parent, always...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 09-15-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 5
Alz
Views: 1,471
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Alz

My dad with dementia is always cold and needs to be bundled up. His fingers are so cold that they can't get an accurate blood oxygen percent without working to warm them up first.
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 10-10-2013, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Mum is Passing - Doing the right thing?

Yes, I believe you made the right decision. In the long run, one can't survive on IV fluids alone. She would have to have a feeding tube. Everything required to prolong her life would be...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 07-10-2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Time for a Long Term Care Facility

Hi Scarlett,
I live in San Diego and six months ago I moved my father to a senior care facility. Depending on the condition of your loved one and the condition of the finances available, there...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-23-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Getting mom diagnosed tomorrow and terrified

One quick idea is to fax or email the doctor exactly what you have written above. It will give him/her a good idea of all your concerns and what to expect. You might also keep an extra copy to hand...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-13-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 676
Posted By sonofvasc
Where Do We Draw the Line: A Declaration

Where do we draw the line between (almost) perfect care and something less?

I eat too much junk food sometimes; I run when I know my knees are at risk; I drive long distances when I am tired. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-04-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Hello

Hi Elaine,
I'm sure stages occur differently with different people. My dad with vascular dementia started having trouble with time as one of the earlier signs of his illness. He would call me...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-26-2013, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Fabricating memories

My dad also has vascular dementia. He has lost a lot of his analytical abilities and, while he used to build and program computers, he can't really use them anymore, he still can do basic math when...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-20-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,590
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Taste Buds

I'm not sure if this is helpful, but my dad has recently started not liking foods that are sweet. He used to like them a lot more. I may be comparing apples to oranges, but it could be that each...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-14-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 751
Posted By sonofvasc
Dad Who Broke Hip and had Swallowing problems: The saga continues

When last I wrote (see Cascading Complications below), my 87-year-old father with vascular dementia, but excellent physical health, had broken his hip and developed a complete inability to swallow...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-19-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,527
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Cascading Complications of Surgery

Thank you all for your ideas, support, questions, considerations, etc. Right now, Dad is doing pretty well in many ways. He is now living at a rehab facility (aka a nursing home, with therapy). He...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-22-2013, 06:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,527
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Cascading Complications of Surgery

I thank you all for your supportive answers. When my dad's memory first began slipping, I never realized it would become this tough, never realized the side-issues that would occur. I don't think...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-19-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,527
Posted By sonofvasc
Cascading Complications of Surgery

My 87-year-old dad has been in excellent physical condition, but his semi-early stage vascular dementia caused me to move him to a senior community with support for high-functioning people with...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-12-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,150
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Dad wants to get married

Thank you all for your informed replies. It is good to know that this has happened before and places like my dad's are used to it. This evening, at both of their requests, my dad and my cousin were...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-11-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,150
Posted By sonofvasc
Dad wants to get married

My mother passed away almost two years ago. Soon after, I noticed my now 87-year-old dad had some cognitive problems, eventually diagnosed as vascular dementia. I have since taken away his car and...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-08-2013, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Normal aging

You bring up interesting questions, Nina. I don't have nearly as much experience with this as most on this board. And I can't give you a tangible answer. But, somehow, I just knew. Shortly after...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-10-2013, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 984
Posted By sonofvasc
'Facility' or 24-hour-care at his home

My 87-year-old dad with vascular dementia currently lives alone an hour and a half from my home. I go there every couple of days and get others to look in on him, but there are no other members of...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-08-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,071
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Night waking/ knowing day from night

My dad has been mixing up day and night for several months. He has driven to meetings in the middle of the night that were going to be the next day. I can't comprehend how someone can recognize day...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-07-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Vascular dementia - any medications??

Dr. prescribed Aricept for my dad's vascular dementia. He said it may work for it just as it works for Alzheimer's. Not that I necessarily accept that judgement--I haven't seen any change, though...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-04-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,487
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Mom got scammed...is this a sign?

Leejnd,
As far as your mother is concerned, it might be good, from this point, to try keeping track of her spending from now on. Do her checks have carbon copies? Can you get online access...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-03-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,405
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Good and Bad

Deb,
I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I hope that you go through the grieving process well. I expect it is not helpful to hear that your experiences and knowledge have provided so much...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-28-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 961
Posted By sonofvasc
Dad lives in a parallel universe.

My dad with vascular dementia has a recurring delusion that he is not in his home but is in a 'vacation' house that is someplace else, far from his home. Though he lives in southern California, he...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-28-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Advice please

My dad (diagnosed with Vascular Dementia) tends to repeat himself or repeat questions a couple or few times in a conversation. Not constantly, but when something is on his mind, he wants to keep...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-24-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,589
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: Patient Lift

Isn't Ativan the same as Lorazepam? (Sorry, I just realized that has already been addressed). (Is there a way to delete rather than just edit bonehead posts here?)
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-24-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Hi Judy,
Thank you so much for posting. I am so glad I found this site, even though I am learning of lots of rude awakenings yet to come.
Dad really is interested in moving sooner...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-23-2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

I appreciate your answers. Deb, I especially realize that you have gone through the process and kind of know what's coming. My dad is more or less alert a good part of the time. Independent of all...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-22-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

I appreciate your ideas, but I'm not really comfortable with them. Sabotaging his car (possibly in front of neighbors), seems infeasible. And he might call auto club. I have always built my...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-21-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Thank you for your support. It is great to read that so many have gone through similar experiences. I took my dad to a place I really like that has a set of 'memory support' groupings that aren't...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-19-2012, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Deb,
Thanks very much for your reply. I am in the middle of much of the researching. I am hoping he gets into an assisted living situation because most of the 'memory' support places are filled...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-18-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,281
Posted By sonofvasc
My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

He currently lives alone and still drives. DMV is checking him out soon and I hope he loses his license. He doesn't want to move, doesn't want to live with anyone else, and most importantly,...
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