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 tak...
- 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:
- 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 ...
- When a loved one has Alzheimer's, impaired judgment makes it increasingly difficult to redirect one’s urge to urinate in appropriate places.
- Justinian, it is certainly a challenge to face state intervention after losing your father a decade earlier.
- What is happening? Your mother is likely experiencing the paranoia and delusions common to certain stages of specific dementias. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia to cause this type of behavior. However, it is very important that your mother be thoroughly evaluated by a qualified geria...
Can I take my mother (who has dementia) on a 15-hour flight to fulfill her wish to visit the Sequoia National Park?Hi. Your situation is not an uncommon one among caregivers. I agree with Dr. Volicer and Dr. Lambert. This journey may be too much for your mother and you. To Dr. Volicer's point, a companion would probably be necessary. I just learned of a company www.assistedvacation.com that will work with y...
My 92-year-old mother-in-law thinks her deceased husband is having an affair. How can we put an end to this upsetting delusion?Hi DBB. You are not alone in this. Your mother's experience is rather prevalent in the dementia population. My grandmother had the same accusations. Unfortunately, rationalizing this is not going to work.
- This is one of those questions we fear to face but in just asking the question, we become liable. Well, maybe not in this case, because the caregiver asking is anonymous.
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