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Hi. My Mom has moderate Alzheimer and is in a nice assisted living.It is a locked facility. She has had it for 10 years or so. My guess is that she has some form of Dimentia. She has always been a pill popper and loves her tranquilizers. She was driving up to four years ago. Anyway, here's my question. She is on Prozac, Zyprexa, and recently Numenda. She doesn't wear a diaper but needs help dressing and showering. Physically she is good. No heart problems or anything except for some arthritis. She's 89 years old.
She's been living at this place for three years and seems to like it although it is very expensive. Today, my wife and I went in to take her to dinner. We haven't been there in a week or so. She was like a zombie. Eating with her hands, nose running, etc. She still is very polite and thankful and witty mind you. After we ate, she fell asleep in the car. When we got back to the facility we put her to bed and she went directly to slumberland. I asked the nurse what she had been given. She said the Doctor wants to try her on Atavan 3 times a day for a month. I think this is rediculous. Anyone have any advice? I think they just want her to be easier to manage . She loves to walk and wander. I think a Valium at bedtime is more than enough. Any thoughts?
Jack