Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's or another dementia? In addition to the Stage Groups via the Steps & Stages resource, we also offer this new online support group for family caregivers with loved ones across the stages of Alzheimer's or dementia. Please introduce yourself, share about your caregiving experience, and let us know how we can be of help to you.
Additional resources that may be helpful:
- Alzheimer's Info Center
- Memory Care Communities in U.S.
- Professional In-Home Caregivers
- Senior Money and Legal Resources
Group created in February 2014.
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A fellow caregiver said...
1 day ago
My Mother moved in with us in June of 2016. She is wasn't taking care of herself at her home. She wasn't eating or drinking and ended up falling and going into rehab because she was so weak. She didn't break anything but she was in rehab for a month. She came out and I took her in. My husband and I are currently taking care of her at our home. We don't have any children that live at home. Well, my mom is super depressed. She has no interest in anything. We try to get her to sit in the kitchen after eating and talk, she won't. Tried to get her to sit outside when it is nice out, she won't. She said she has no interest in doling anything. Since my Dad passed 17 years ago she has went down hill. I had a caretaker for her during the day but she went on vacation and mom didn't pretty good. Of course, I sent everything up for her. So she told the caretaker that next week will be her last week. That puts more work on me but I would rather her gain some independence and feel better about herself. I worry about her falling during the day. On top of all this, her being here is putting stress on our marriage. We are unable to go out like we use to. But you have to do what you have to do. My husband understands that but it still is stressful. I have a sister that will help out. We just started having her come over once a week so my husband and I can have a "date night" That works out good, however we both get up early in the morning so we go and get something to eat. But, on weekends we (more so me) miss out on our grand kids because I feel bad leaving her. Any suggestions that I may not be thinking of that could help out our situation would be appreciated.
An anonymous caregiver said...
6 days ago
Hi, My husband had changed so much this past couple of months. I found meatballs that he was going to put in the refrig. in the food cabinet. I did not say a word I just tossed them. He will put dirty dishes back on the shelves trying to help me. I still did not say a word I just put them all back in the dish washer. He will remember things from 46 years ago and not 2 min. Things are getting harder around here, I can't keep the house clean or neat anymore. I guess I am just feeling sorry for my self. I am loosing my life long love, best friend and husband who was going to be with me forever. I am down in the dumps tonight. maybe tomorrow will be a good day. thanks for letting me get this our of me. Phyl
Marge Taylor said...
21 days ago
My dear husband has Dementia. He does not recognize that he has a problem but he gets very angry when he has bathroom problems. He will not let our friends stay with him so I can have time for myself, again he gets very angry. He is not violent, just angry. I do need support or help but I am afraid to push against his anger. I need help bathing him now because he will not take a shower, so I do my best to clean him up.He can not walk steady and refuses to use a cane or a walker. He is in good health except for his dementia. The only medicine he takes is for dementia and vitamins. His only other problem is that he has a blood pressure that drops suddenly and he collapses. I notice if I give him gatorade it helps with this if I catch it in time. There isn't really a warning when this happens. He has had every test and they all come out normal. I would appreciate any help with feedback from others experience with this problem. Thank you, Marge Taylor
24 days ago
Thanks for this great resources, As I have read in Consumer Health Digest that Alzheimer is a degenerative disease and most likely will only get worse. I really need this maps and sources about caring homes as I am always at work and I cant leave my mom at home its just sad
29 days ago
Particularly bad week....on many levels. Husband has no impulse control any more. He is now refusing to see the doctor for a med check. Is it wrong to just want to get away??? I have an open plane ticket....it is soooooo tempting.
How is everyone else doing???
A fellow caregiver said...
about 1 month ago
My husband is 71 years old & was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer/Vascular Dementia. It seems to be progressing rapidly before my eyes. He has become mean & aggressive. He used to be such a loving man. I don't know what to do. The Neurologist has him on Aricep & Namenda. I don't see it working. What can I do?
about 1 month ago
Hafa Adai All, I realize my issue is not nearly as serious as most but I sure would appreciate some advice. My wonderful spouse is sliding slowly but steadily down the hill of dementia. I realize she may need to move to a facility in the next year or so. I am trying to "lighten the load" of items in our home of lots of years. I was doing OK on things she had accumulated, giving them to Navy Relief. Saw a big box of stuff, opened it and found it wrapped in newspaper from 1991! Found lots of house things we bought together, saving them for our "dream home." That did not happen, life intervened. I remembered each piece as I unwrapped it. Somehow it all got rewrapped and back into the box. I just cannot seem to be able to let loose. Any hints of how to let loose of this? Stumper, Pilot in Almost-Paradise
2 months ago
Ok everyone plz try your best to take care of yourself I know we hear this & easier said than done but I'm laying in icu yes I have Addison's disease that made my health worse but I also allowed to much stress on my body Drs are saying stress can lead your body into dehydration high bp low potassium which can cause cramps etc and death if depleted I'm going to share my report as soon as I'm home so you can see more details as caregiver we find it feeling impossible to relax or get help we put our lives & health aside for our loved ones but how can we give our best if our best is wreaking due to not being healthy mentally & psychically or if we allow stress & our health to God forbid take our lives who is gonna be there for them maybe this seems emotional or crazy I admit I'm not @ my best right now but I am blessed to be alive to be with my brother I'm working as my dr advised on saying I'm blessed to be alive to have my life not just to be alive for fear of leaving my brother you know most of you feel that way for your loved one but that's not ok you should see & love yourself like myself & ppl on this site see you and push harder to relieve yourself from stress & heartache I know that's my prayer for you all wishing you my best angels love & prayers Mandy
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