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Dementia Delusions: Possible to Correct Her? Should I?

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An anonymous caregiver said...
I'm new to this group. I've been looking for a place to share and ask questions. I care for a lady who blames her husband for everything. At lucid moments she knows she has Alzheimer's; other times she thinks he is just trying to control her. Should I correct her? Or is it even possible? Any tips are appreciated.
from the Mild Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard said...
I'm the patient. And honestly all I can do is repeat things about this that I've read in support groups. So I'll do th... more
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sherona said...
Oh, that is such a great tip. And I do try that. However, she is not easily swayed from the subject and returns to it ... more
Caring.com User - BJGARRY
BJGARRY said...
I agree with Chris. Correcting one with AD accomplishes only increasing frustration and paranoia that you've teamed up w... more

Managing Medications: Does Stress Impact Effectiveness?

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Suzayne said...
My dad has been in alot of pain with his arthritis the last few weeks with head and neck problems. He hasn't been able to drive and my mom who has Alzheimers has been doing the best she can to take care of him. She was put on Aricept back in March and was doing remarkably well, taking part in conversations and seemed quite bubbly. She has been under stress worrying ... more
from the Mild Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - Chris Ballard
Chris Ballard said...
I'm sorry to hear that. I personally think stress can be part of why she's slipping so fast. Back when I was still wor... more
Caring.com User - msjoy
msjoy said...
It sounds like your Mom is too stressed out trying to take care of your Dad - can you find some respite care to help out... more
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A fellow caregiver said...
It isnt uncommon for inappropriate behavior in public when someone with AD is stressed or having an "off" day. I agree t... more

Senior Finances: How Do I Get Mom's Money Under Control?

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An anonymous caregiver said...
Bad day today. I think I am feeling sorry for myself. I am still trying to wrap my head around all of this. I am having an issue taking over my mothers finances. I am able too but didn't ever think this was a roll I would have to play. She has left her purse lay in public areas, told me she only had a bunch of tens and then started pulling twenties out of her purse. S... more
from the Moderate Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - Hopen
Hopen said...
Well she lucky she has you!! it's not going to be easy I'm afraid but just coming here maybe you can get some relief Welcome and please remeber YOUR NOT ALONE.....Godbless ...An
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Chcltlvr said...
Hi anon...we all have those days we feel sorry for ourselves..ask why did this "crap" have to happen to me or my family,... more
Caring.com User - nac
nac said...
Sorry to hear you are having a bad day. You will find with this disease your Mom will do a lot of strange things that s... more

Alzheimer's Symptoms: When's the Right Time for Medication?

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An anonymous caregiver said...
How do u know when it's time to but someone on a medication for this dementia? My poor mom gets in these paranoid states looking for her checkbook, she hides everything because she doesn't trust anyone, so sad :(
from the Moderate Stage Support Group
Caring.com User - staryskies
staryskies said...
has she geen tested yet by a neurologist. that is the first thing. to get a diagnosis. from there the doctor will be abl... more
Caring.com User - mysticvean
mysticvean said...
Staryskies gave you excellent advice there. My mother is exactly the same, only she hides everything, and has an obses... more
Caring.com User - tpandk
tpandk said...
I agree, until you have a diagnoses, you won't be able to start her on any medication. But, I wouldn't wait. If she is... more

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