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Posted by Jane on April 09, 2000 at 01:12:48:

In Reply to: Alzheimer's Disease posted by Diane on April 07, 2000 at 18:17:59:

RE: 4/7/00

: My mother has been diagnosed with Alheimer's Disease about 1.5 years ago. My family doesn't really feel that is what is wrong with her and we don't know where to go or who to talk to. She doesn't seem to have any more memory loss than the rest of us. She has become paranoid and totally different in how she acts toward us and people in her neighborhood. She absolutely refuses to go to a doctor and feels that we are all against her. Where do we go, who can we contact to find out what is really wrong with her?

My mother has AD also, 87 years old, and they DO go thru a denial stage, among alot of other stages, parnoia, hateful, anger, confusion, etc. It's very stressful on caretakers. My mother also denies that she has it--she thinks she is fine, and she also believes in her mind that she is correct and we are all wrong. But in reality, she really doesn't even know herself, from one minute to the next, what she will say, or do, nor when she does do stuff, will she remember doing it, then will completely deny it or blame us for what she has done and has forgotten.
Your mother should see a neurologist, and have a cat scan done. From the way I was explained the outer protective lining around the brain, when there is quite a bit of shrinkage, is one determination of Alzheimers Disease. This can be seen on the cat scan. Also, it may be too, if you doubt she has the disease, this can at least prove to the patient and family, that there is not something else there, like a tumor, that could be causing memory loss. You can also, check with your local hospitals, for local support groups for Alzheimers. These have brought alot of relief for myself. You can express your concerns, as well as hear others that may have already experienced what you are going thru. They really help out alot.
If you search the internet, under Alzheimer's Disease, you will also find alot of great sites, that may be of help to you. Another place to go for help would be your county Family services Dept/Welfare/Dept of Aging--they all have leads as to where to go, or who can help. My prayers are with you, and your family.

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