Alzheimer's and Other Dementias Questions
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- Dear Deb:
- 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.
- Dear Edward:
- Dear Nurse Jen:
- Here are a few more tips and resources to help you keep Mom from trying to leave the house.
- Dear Anonymous Caregiver:
- Dear Daughter with Durable Power of Attorney:
- 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.
- 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 take care of yourself...
- 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.
- 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.
- I can't say I've seen any research to suggest that Alzheimer's is more aggressive in men.
- 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 Caring.com that may be helpful as you plan your caregiving trajectory:
- 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 Referral Center (ADEAR)...
- Dear Anonymous:
- 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 manner and approach of the dentist is crucial...
- Most people with dementia retain the essence of their pre-disease personality. In fact their personality seems to be exaggerated - a sweet young person appears to be even more gentle with Alzheimer's and 'the boss' becomes more controlling...
- There's no way to guarantee that your loved one won't fall on the way to the bathroom at night, but there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of a fall:
- Biomarkers are biological indicators of the presence or absence of disease. The biomarkers referred to in Alzheimer's disease testing are:
- A physician is in the best position to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, because he or she can conduct a physical examination and the testing necessary to rule out other possible causes for memory loss and other symptoms of dementia.
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