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    Question:

    How to deal with a person with dementia.Experience?

    Long story short my grandfather,who has dementia,is coming to live with us.His condition has really gotten worse in the last 2-3 years and he is at a point where he doesn’t remember anything,but events from 40-50 years ago.He doesn’t recognize his daughters,wife and grandchildren.He doesn’t remember where he lives or the fact that that was his house.He doesn’t remember what he said or did a minute ago and so on.I spent around a month with him this summer,which was pretty nerve-racking and absolutely exhausting and I don’t think I can live with him to be honest.He is suspicious,acussing people of stealing his belongings and atleast in his house he thought of me as of an intruder.I know people with this condition only get worse,even more so when they change their enviroment (plus he has lived in a house with a yard all his life and is now coming to a big city and is going to live in a 90m2 apartment.) Can anyone share their experience and advice,because I have no idea what I’m going to do.
    Thanks.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Harrald
    My elder brother developed Alzheimer’s at age 80 and lived for 4 years. The neurologist explained that the brain cells in the frontal lobe of the brain begin to die first, and the death-march moves from both sides of the brain to the rear of the brain. My brother knew my name and my younger brother’s name until the last six months of his life. A person with Alzheimer’s forget events stored in the frontal lobe like the day of the week, etc. My brother could converse about any subject that was two years old and older. My younger brother and I were not able to house our brother, and was tranferred to a facility for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The monthly rent of 00 soon reduced my brother’s funds, and for him, his dying left enough money to cremate him.

    My younger brother and I visited our older brother once a week as the doctor said our presence would ease his burden somewhat.Two months before death, he was totaly in his own world and was force-fed and bathed daily by owners of the care-facility. My brother and I were alerted that our brother was dying and we should come to the care-facilty. Our brother slowly began reducing his breaths until he died.

    PERSONAL: My remaining brother and I vowed we would not allow ourselves to suffer the way our elder brother suffered. I purchased a handgun without telling my younger brother.

    Harrald

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    Question:

    need help finding out about Alzheimer’s?

    my mam is in the last stage of Alzheimer’s and because it’s the genetic form and the fact she’s only 52 we don’t have much help because the doctors don’t understand much about the genetic form. we’ve got this far on a own but we what to know what to look out for now she’s near the end but again the doctors can’t help

    Best answer:

    Answer by bmac
    I hope she is in a nursing home? If not, at least a nurse is there to take care of most of her needs?

    You don’t mention what your mother’s symptoms are at this stage. My grandfather died last June from Alzheimer’s. Since this is a memory problem (basically) the final stages is the brain not getting the signals to keep organs functioning anymore and forgets to do that. All her organs will shut down, one by one. I hope it’s over for her quickly and she doesn’t have much pain.

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    Question:

    I need information on Alzheimer’s in younger adults.?

    I would like to know more about the symptoms of VERY early Alzheimer’s in younger adults. These people would be under the age of 45. Is it possible to get the disease this early in life? If so, are the symptoms the same as those of the elderly? Can it be reversed? What are the signs? What type of adults get this disease so early in life?

    Best answer:

    Answer by JL
    My Step Father passed away from Early Onset Alzheimer’s when he was 50 yrs old. He also had diabetes since he was 10.
    Yes, it is possible to get it that young, but very rare.
    The symptoms are identical to those the elderly get.
    No, it cannot be reversed. There are meds that can be taken to control some of the side effects like anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, agitation.
    Early signs would be things like forgetting who family members are, forgetting how to get to work, etc.
    Dr’s do not know why some people get it, and why some don’t. It is a very complicated illness.

    http://www.alzheimer.ca/english/index.php

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    Question:

    Should I travel to see my mother with Alzheimers?

    My mother has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for over six years and my father finally had to put her in a home about a month ago. Since then, she has gone dramatically down hill and almost never gets out of bed and doesn’t communicate anymore. I live over 1,500 miles from home and it would be difficult to afford a plane ticket. My siblings say there is no need for me to return. Am I going to live with regret the rest of my life if I do not get to see her one more time before she passes or should I keep the memory I have of her now and not return until I must. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do…….I am also the youngest of six kids and I was born on my mom’s birthday.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Trin
    Yes you should go see her before its too late. Its better to know you did something than to live the rest of your life wondering if you should of

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    Question:

    Folic acid reduces the risk of dementia. If the patient already has dementia will it still help?

    Best answer:

    Answer by tikababy
    It may just a little, but I wouldn’t hold out too much for it doing any real good.

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    Question:

    is Alzheimer’s disease a type of dementia or a disease that causes dementia?

    I’m doing a project for school and I’ve been getting a little confused. Not sure if it is considered dementia in itself or if it’s just considered the disease that causes dementia.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Liz
    It’s a type which usually starts earlier than senile dementia.

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    Question:

    Would you rather be told you have Alzheimer’s or Cancer?

    If you have BOTH, and the doc tells you “I have some bad news. You have cancer. AND you have Alzheimers” you are likely to reply “Oh that’s terrible… but at least it’s not cancer.”

    Best answer:

    Answer by max333
    Cancer at stage 1-2 is better than Alzheimer’s

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    Question:

    Can Alzheimer’s disease cause this to happen?

    I know an elderly person who seems to have aphasia (difficulty in understand and articulating language) and this person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I am told that the language barrier occurred after surgery on the hip. This surgery happened about a year ago and ever since then the person has appeared to have aphasia. Is it possible that the aphasia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease affecting the part of the brain that controls speech and comprehension?

    Best answer:

    Answer by reneem1954_2000
    Are they on some type of pain medications still. I seemed to be more that way since I had surgery on my foot and I dont have ALzheimers. I also have short term memory loss and wonder if I am getting Alzehimers. I will mark your question since I am curious about this too. I bet it is possible for them to.

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    Question:

    Is my grandma aware of her Alzheimer’s?

    My grandma has had bad Alzheimers for 5 years now…..

    I was wondering, do you think she is aware of her memory loss. Sometimes when I tell her “yes grandma you already told me that” she goes OH SORRY MY MEMORY iS NOT AS GOOD AS IT USED TO BE. But then other times when she talks to her twin sister (who also has severe Alzheimer’s) then shes says ITS HARD TO TALK TO MY SISTER BECAUSE SHE HAS A TERRIBLE DISEASE WHERE SHE DOESNT REMEMBER ANYTHING ANYMORE.

    and I just want to say “GRANDMA! you have that disease too!”

    Do you think she is partially aware or has no idea of her Alzheimer’s????

    Best answer:

    Answer by you can call me e
    Yes, i believe on some level she is aware that she has Alzheimers.
    At the moments when she is level headed, it is probably very hard for her to accept that she is not mentally up to par like she used to be.

    My grandpa had Alzheimers for a few years before he died. I know how tough it can be for everyone involved.

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