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Posted by Tina Ellenburg LVN
on December 05, 1999 at 11:41:23:
In Reply to: Re: I NEED HELP!!! posted by Hacamila on November 30, 1999 at 00:24:32:
Hi, I am a LVN and charge nurse in a nursing home, I was educated at Amarillo College and graduated in 1994, I have worked in nursing homes for 5 1/2 years.
Dementia isn't necessarily the cause of incontinence. Your mother may have a bladder problem and she should be checked by a doctor.
Signs of dementia can include things like forgetfulness and paranoia. And dementia can cause extreme personality changes. And can be violent at times too for no apparent reason.
If she isn't caring for herself properly and won't allow anyone to help her you may need to think about placement in a nursing home to protect her. Talk to her doctor----you said she was diagnosed with early dementia. Has she been tested for Alzheimers? Is she on medication for the dementia? This is all things you should consult her doctor about. There are medications out there to help dementia. However the things you describe could just as easily be caused by depression. So my advice is to see her doctor asap.
Good luck my friend. And if you just need someone to talk to, email me. I am a great listener and I have been where you are at now.
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