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Old 07-16-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Re: FrontoTemporal Lobe Dementia? Anyone?

My mom is the local go-to person to take care of my 67 y.o. aunt who we think has FTD.

Aunt was diagnosed BiPolar about 15 years ago - she went into an almost catatonic depression, and there have been times she has been crazy-higher than a kite. In the past 30 years she seems to have had somewhat of a narcissistic personality disorder - not sure if diagnosed, but pretty textbook symptoms, very selfish and self-centered, she was not always this way however. It got worse as she got older. Super-poor decision making. Hypersexual behavior. Very foul-mouthed (again, this was a later in life occurance). She also went from being a very stylish, put together person, with a home out of House Beautiful, to a house out of Hoarders, unkempt, physically disheveled, etc.

A little over a year ago, she had another major "episode". Prior to that she was still communicating with my mom coherently. Once she had the episode, she was put in a psychiatric hospital where we strongly believe she was abused. She went from relatively normal/lucid to basketcase in about 2 weeks. After the psych hospital, she was placed in a nice Alzheimer's unit, she paces 8-9 hours a day, is physically strong, speaks gibberish, remembers a few people, is able to do the simple "crafty" stuff (she was very artistic, painted BEAUTIFUL watercolor paintings and has always had an eye for design). In the past couple of weeks, she became very aggressive and combative. So much so that she was taken to the hospital. The hospital wouldn't keep her and sent her back to the psychiatric hospital that we don't like. The assisted living/Alzheimers unit, say they can't take her back given her current condition. The psychiatric hospiital says she can't stay there long term. The doctors that have looked at her the past six months don't really feel anymore that she was ever bipolar even though she exhibited manic behavior -- they think she has had FTD and she is in an advanced stage of it now. She is almost out of personal funds and will need to be in some kind of medicaid unit in the near future - but who will take her? She will have to be in a secure unit because she is a wanderer. She has boundless energy. She can hurt herself and hurt other people. She was moving big pieces of furniture at the Assisted living.

My poor mom is stressed out. She's 72. I feel bad for my aunt, but I don't know if she even knows what's going on. Her son is trying to do his best, but he lives a thousand miles away with a young family so the brunt of the responsibility falls on my mom to run around to doctors and try to figure things out (they live in Arizona). Where do they house people like this other than the state mental hospital?

Thanks for reading.

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