Posted by Peg
on August 29, 2000 at 10:59:42:
In Reply to: Re: memory loss and Parkinson's posted by Googy on August 27, 2000 at 17:06:21:
: : : I haven't been able to find any literaturespecifically addressing memory loss problems in Parkinson's patients. My mother has been diagnosed for over 2 years now. She is on Sinement and Requip, plus Prozac for depression and Ambien for sleeping problems. She is having an increasing problem with her memory, especially short term. I don't know if it is all part of the Parkinson's, attributable to the medications, or she is also developing Alzheimer's. Can anyone help with this issue? Thanks, Peg
: : Peg, It seems like whenever someone has a question about a Parkinson's symptom I usually have had it. So this is what I have learned having pd for eleven years. Short term memory loss does affect many pd patients. I am constantly trying to remember where I put things. Recebtly, I managed to lose a set of car keys, once I walked out the door without my house key and not only that I had forgotten to take my medicine. Some of it is pd patients tend to have poor concentration and, if the patient has depression that also affects short term memory loss. It doesn't have to be a big problem. I just try to be more careful and do things like run down a "checklist" in my mind like check to see if I have my billfold, keys, etc before locking the door behind me. I don't think I am at the "looney" stage yet. So I don't worry about it.Bruce
: Bruce covered the short term memory.But I was wondering who said she had Alzheimers. 25% of PWP develope dementia after long term PD.My husband has had this for a long time.He has had PD for over 25yrs.There are books on Alzheimers.Also a very good Parkinsons book..Parkinson's Disease. A Guide for Patient and Family.By Roger C.Duvoisin,M.D. Have you tried the website WWW.NPF. org ..... they also will send you books free.
Actually, no one has said she has Alzheimer's, it was just a question of how closely related Alz and PD are in regards to the memory loss. From what I understand from your responses is that memeory loss can actually be part of the PD itself and not necessarily Alz in addition to PD. I will check out the suggested web site and books. Thanks, Peg