Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Questions

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  1. My mother accuses me of not visiting. What can I do to help her remember?

    Dear Deb:
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  2. Is my mom experiencing "Terminal" delirium?

    Please remember, you're dealing with a very ill 93-year old, and sometimes you have to give up your wishes and do what's best for the patient. The facility, especially if hospice gets involved, is possibly better able to provide the 24/7 care needed for your mom.
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  3. When and how is it appropriate to start talking with my sister about her dementia?

    Dear Edward:
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  4. How can I handle my husand's memory issues?

    Dear Nurse Jen:
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  5. How do I keep Mom from trying to leave house?

    Here are a few more tips and resources to help you keep Mom from trying to leave the house.
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  6. Mom is between level 5 & 6 dementia and she refuses help. What can we do?

    Dear Anonymous Caregiver:
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  7. I have durable POA of my mom and my sister want to change it. How Can I stop it?

    Dear Daughter with Durable Power of Attorney:
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  8. Is talking to mirrors a behavior of moderate Alzheimer's?

    That's a great point, alwysgayles. We can learn a lot about our loved ones if we slow down enough and just listen. Thank you for sharing.
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  9. How do I make my Mother go see a doctor when she flatly refuses?

    I feel your pain. You are in a tough spot and you are not alone. Connie gave a thorough and excellent answer. You have embarked on a stressful, frustrating, and difficult journey as your relationship with your mother is changing. I simply add that you need to have your own support system and tak...
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  10. Alzheimers and Genetics-Is there a chance I may have "presymptomatic" markers?

    It is possible that you might have some "presymptomatic markers" but you have to realize that it is not clear if and how they could predict development of dementia in individual cases. They are used only in clinical research.
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  11. Does my 78 year old mother have Dementia or Paranoid Schizophrenia?

    If your mother has no cognitive impairment after years of having this hallucination, it is unlikely that she has dementia. It is more likely that she has paranoid schizophrenia that should be treatable.
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  12. Is Alzheimer's more aggressive in a men?

    I can't say I've seen any research to suggest that Alzheimer's is more aggressive in men.
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  13. My mother seems to have early signs of dementia. What should I do?

    Hello Anonymous, Thank you for submitting this common caregiving question. I'm sorry to hear about your mom's health. Here are a few resources from that may be helpful as you plan your caregiving trajectory:
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  14. How to Handle False Storytelling In Social Situations?

    Delusions as well as memory loss often characterize dementia. Storytelling is not much different from delusional thinking and the guiding principle often is to allow someone their delusions unless they are harmful to the person or to others. Your spouse remembers he was in the Navy and now needs to ...
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  15. FAQ: How Can I Enroll in a Clinical Trial for an Alzheimer's Disease Drug?

    Your best bet to enroll in clinical research for an Alzheimer's disease treatment is to check the federal Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials Database, a joint project of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Ref...
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  16. How do I help my 47 year old daughter with Alzheimer's who is constantly crying?

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  17. How can I get my husband with Alzheimer's to visit the dentist?

    Because the dental hygiene question with Alzheimer's is one that comes up regularly, I consulted a local geriatric specialist dentist, Barry Cerridan, D.D.S. All of the above answers agree with what Dr. Cerridan reported. However, there were some things that he emphasized, that bear repeating. The m...
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  18. What to do about elderly father who has alzheimer's and smokes.

    Smoking and Alzheimer's don't mix; however, a habit is hard to break, especially if your father's been smoking for 58 years.
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  19. Why Does She Sound Fine on the Phone and not in Person?

    Talking on the phone and in person are two very different skills. Often the elderly individual can better control the environment while on the phone, meaning fewer distractions. When talking on the phone your aunt is required to process only your voice. When talking in person there is a great deal m...
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  20. How can I know if pain is real or obsession?

    This is a difficult situation, as people in mid-stage Alzheimer's do have difficulty communicating their wants and needs. I would suggest you track for awhile when your mom is complaining of pain; where the pain is on her body; and other things that are happening at the time (or not happening). Wi...
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