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Posted by Jackie on December 20, 1999 at 16:19:11:

In Reply to: Re: alzheimers/dimentia posted by Tomi May on December 14, 1999 at 01:02:47:

: : what are some early signs?
: John, one of the earliest signs I noticed was sudden violent anger over trivial things. This was about 3 years ago. He also was depressed and slept a lot. Prozac helped tremendously with this.
: Another was difficulty understanding conversations without repeating; seemed unable to quickly process information. He would think I said one thing that sounded similar to what I actually said.
: Now, he has been on Aricept almost 2 years, and who knows how much better or worse he would have been without it. His short term memory has really deteriorated the past three months.
: It's a terrible disease, so I hope you nor your loved ones have it.
: Tomi May

My mother was just diagnosed with this nasty disease. The first thing we noticed with her were the words that she could not remember any more. She would describe it as * the thing that holds your food and keeps it cold*, instead of saying *refrigerator*. She has not got a nasty temperament and so the doc said we were lucky and that she would probably stay calm. She is very confused about a lot of things. We had to unhook her stove because she couldn't remember how to turn it off. There are a lot of signs and they are not easy to miss. When someone acts completely out of character, you know something is wrong. Good luck to who ever it is you are needing this information for. I hope they don't have it but if they do, you will find a lot of information and support. Best of luck, Jackie

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