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Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-30-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Newly diagnosed 80 yr old husband

Sassy, I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. Namenda and Aricept both have side effects that cause some to be unable to take them. They are not a cure or a treatment for the disease.......
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-26-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dad starting to kiss another woman in my parents retirement home, mom upset

That is how it happens... with no real warning! It is so in the moment. I thought perhaps he was confusing her with somebody else. I will never forget the day Dad and I were sitting in the swing...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-25-2015, 10:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dad starting to kiss another woman in my parents retirement home, mom upset

It is something that happens many times. If you understand the nature of some dementia you can understand how this would happen. One of the first areas of the brain to be affected is the area which...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-19-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Health and dignity question

I do understand your frustration. Lack of dementia training is probably my number one complaint about many facilities. Routine is so very important and having the same care giver as much as...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-19-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Health and dignity question

I hear you! Prices do go up annually and you do wonder who is benefiting. Anything out of the ordinary can be fearful. They recognize a shower but not a bidet. My bet is the other factor is cost....
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 06-18-2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Health and dignity question

I have been in a lot of facility and have never seen a bidet in a facility. My first thought is that senior citizen probably have never been exposed to one and the sensation of the water from the...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-09-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Should we tell son?

SOTM.. sounds like you have a plan :) I would definitely keep a copy of the letter (just in case) and send it certified so you know he got his copy. That way he can not deny he got it. Denial is...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-08-2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Should we tell son?

Yes it is sad but you need to do what leaves you with no regrets!! This is actually not about him but about you and your parents doing what is right. Send him a letter. Then you know you have done...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-07-2015, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Should we tell son?

SOTM... As for myself, having been on both sides, I firmly believe that a child has a right to know what is going on with their parent. What they do with that information is their business. I kept...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 05-02-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Glad Dad is doing better and yes, only time will tell. He may have some form of dementia, in the early stages, which was made worse by the combination of the hospitalization and medical problems or...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-30-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 443
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Where do I begin?

None ya, you explained to us that your brother has Downs and early onset dementia. This is the explanation for why he is doing what he is doing. With the developmental age of about 8 plus the...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-29-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Does this mean he does have dementia?

demiscared... because of his strokes, what you said about the MRI (microvascular disease), and the sudden worsening of the symptoms, I suspect he may have Vascular Dementia. But your statement still...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-28-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Does this mean he does have dementia?

demiscared... This is frustrating for you and for me. First, if your husband only scored 18/30 on his test then he does have significant cognitive decline which impacts his daily life.... and this...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-11-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,034
Posted By Gabriel
Re: door knobs for alzheimer patient

Glad you found a solution that is working Natty... :)

Love, deb
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-10-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dementia patient becoming more compliant

There were no credit cards back in her past. Dad didn't give a hoot about them either but wanted his car keys. Mom had to have her cards and statements more than cash. Each is different. As I am...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-10-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dementia patient becoming more compliant

And may your son soar!!!

Routine is your Mom's friend. Even small changes tend to upset the apple cart. I remember the day Dad got violently agitated and nobody could figure out why. Turned...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-09-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dementia patient becoming more compliant

So glad for all of you that Mom has mellowed. It does sometimes happen as the disease progresses. That limbo period where my Mom was aware enough to know something was wrong, but not aware enough...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-08-2015, 10:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

That is good news Nina and the very reason a diagnosis is necessary. Cognitive impairment has many causes, some of which are fixable. I do hope it was only the medication causing the problem :) ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 04-05-2015, 09:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 541
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dementia onset?

If he failed the clock test then you know basically what you need to know... he has some type of dementia and needs assistance, especially if he is trying to care for your mother in law and himself. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-21-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

First, I am sorry you are having to deal with this again Nina. I am glad that his other medical problem have improved.

If he only scored a 12 out of 30 on the MMSE then this is not new. It is...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-20-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,137
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Lewy Body Dementia

It is hard to tell from what you have said but one thing did strike me. There are medications that those with Lewy Body do not react to well. Is he on any new medications? In particular...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-19-2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 459
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Doctor wants to see her every two weeks

The answer to all your question is... it's impossible to tell with the information available.

Without reading the terms of the trust there is no way to know what is in it. Somebody has to have...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-14-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Patience Nina... obviously his is a complicated case with many problems and that is going to take some time to sort out. Yes, dramatic swings in blood sugar can cause confusion, low sodium can too. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 03-02-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,003
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Should mom come home or go to assisted living?

rab, there could be many reasons why your POA sister does not want Mom to go to assisted living. Have you ask her why? Is it because she thinks that Mom would be better at home? It is her own fear...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-25-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Doctor suspects my mom has mild dementia

Temperament is a mystery. Sweetness may stay that way or it may give way to aggressive combativeness. It can change from one to the other and back again during the duration of the disease. It is...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-25-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By Gabriel
Re: New to board: Dr suspects my mom has mild dementia

Knowing Prednisone psychosis as I do.... my bet is that is what you saw. The next time somebody ask her allergies, include steroids! If she is sensitive to the side effects, they can include not...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-25-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By Gabriel
Re: New to board: Dr suspects my mom has mild dementia

Kba, I think I have more questions than answers. How long has she been on the Cholesterol Medication? If she just started this medication then I would consider the connection that David mentioned. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-24-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Far reaching

There is nothing about this disease that is fair and just. I do understand the feeling of relief. The first night Mom and Dad were in a care facility was the first night I had slept well in a long...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-24-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Dementia patient becoming more compliant

Vjh, yes this can happen. I am not sure it's a "stage" for everyone but it is a way of coping. If you don't understand what is happening you, no matter how hard you try, you will either fight...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-23-2015, 11:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,376
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Husband with moderate stage dementia

Wrote a long response and the website crashed.... grrrr

All Benzodiazepines can cause increased confusion/agitation, especially in elderly dementia patients. It is a side effect that the elderly...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-22-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 780
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Far reaching

The situation is terribly sad for you both. This disease not only affect the one with the disease but also those that love and care for the person with the disease. What I can say is each person...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-19-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Refusing to eat

I so understand exactly what you have said here Sandy! Dad was the one with cardiovascular disease. I watched Mom take care of him through heart attacks, bypass surgery, stints, afib, and the first...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-18-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Refusing to eat

Sandy, my heart goes out to you for having to go through this, having been where you are twice myself I do understand. The questions you ask is a good one. Why force her to eat? In my experience...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-16-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Posted By Gabriel
Re: How Does One Stop an Alzheimer's Patient From Biting Her Fingernails?

SMike, my first question... is this a huge problem? Unless she is biting them until they bleed or become infected I would just let it be. Mom would chew on her nails, probably a result of...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-13-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,376
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Husband with moderate stage dementia

With any new med watch for side effects. It is always best to start or stop one medication and wait for at least 10 days to 2 weeks to see what changes happen. Check out the known side effects. If...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-12-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,376
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Husband with moderate stage dementia

Excellent Gewallac!! :) It is always better to consult with his physician before the situation become a crisis. I did notice the same behavioral problem with my Mom which improved after stopping...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-12-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Actually it is not that abnormal for a General Practitioner or Family Practitioner to make this type of assessment. I wonder if they ever consider that there is a reason behind Dad not controlling...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-11-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,376
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Husband with moderate stage dementia

anneh, calling the police should only be done when necessary. In most states there is a contingency which involves involuntary commitment for a designated period of time. In Florida I believe it is...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-11-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Gabriel
Re: need my sleep :(

anneh... he is not lying or pretending. The inability to tell time is typical. His attention and executive function is impaired. His ability to empathize and his social skills are compromised. ...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-05-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Nina, this is typical of the older generation. They tend to close ranks when something is wrong and protect themselves and each other. It is also a function of denial. Dad's in a happy place in...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-04-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By Gabriel
Re: To treat or not to treat for stage 4 cancer with Alzheimer's

I like the Hospice inpatient facilities that I have had contact with. My FIL was in one after his stroke and a good friend went from a care facility to one locally. Mom and Dad were both in a care...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-03-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 635
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Am I doing the right thing?

I do remember you Onyx and I am glad you found a local support group. In this crazy journey we can't think about what if or what might have been.... we have to think about the here and now. No room...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-01-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Bless you Nina!! It is not a journey I wish on anybody but it is one you can survive with information and support. There is a way to live well with dementia.

I will give you and Mom a heads...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 02-01-2015, 12:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Worried dad may have Alzheimer's .

Nina, what you described here is not normal memory loss in old age. If he forgot where he but his key but could retrace his steps back to finding the keys, that is normal. But the examples you gave...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-29-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By Gabriel
Re: To treat or not to treat for stage 4 cancer with Alzheimer's

Baseball, you are right that it is difficult to make these types of decisions for another person but sometimes it is necessary. I believe you are on the right track with your thinking.

You have...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-25-2015, 11:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 692
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Déjà vu all over again

Muppet, the only one you are being unfair to is yourself. Remember you are human, not a super woman. We all carry baggage with us from past experiences. Just the fact that you are caring for him...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-19-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 459
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Grandfather entering new stage?

What you have given is not much information to go on, not knowing his condition prior to this point. Is he able to ambulate or communicate? Is he continent? Has any of his other abilities...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-17-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By Gabriel
Re: New at this game

Miss Muppet, knowing exactly the right thing to do is difficult in the best of situations. As for me, it would depend on how much your husband comprehends, understands, and retains. He set the path...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-12-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By Gabriel
Re: ALZ Hospice

Please do not be scared of the medication. It is probably Roxanol (liquid morphine sulfate) that can be given easily even to those who can no longer swallow medication because it is absorbed through...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 01-09-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By Gabriel
Re: Opinion Please ...

Eisen... I am so sorry to hear about your Uncle. It sounds like he has been through so much.... and was such a wonderful person. My heart goes out to you and the rest of the family. I do hope you...
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