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Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?  
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

I have a couple of questions, and I'd appreciate knowledgable input.


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User currently offlineBananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1586 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

LHMark...

Helped to care for my grandma who had it... you want to contact me via email? Will answer anything that I can.


Mark



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Not only have I done so, but my step-father is a psychiatrist who specializes in geriatric alzheimers. If I can help get you any info please let me know.


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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

Thanks. I'm dealing with my 63 year old mother who had infarcts, then a big stroke. She now suffers from vascular dementia. She's getting very agitated and irrational, and I think it's time to talk to the doctor about medication that addresses her behavioral issues. Problem is, I don't really know what to consider potential psychosis and what's just natural progression of the dementia.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

My mom is 82 and we are dealing with it right now, everyday, every hour.

User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

My grandfather had it for the last two years or so before he died. It was sad to see him go down hill. I am glad however that I was there to assist my mom in helping care for him. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to try my best to give you an answer.

TW



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Pls dont mind me asking.But what is it.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

My mother has full-blown Alzheimer's and had to be put in a home several years ago (my dad, who was alive at the time, could no longer control her and her severe mood swings). My father-in-law fades in and out of dementia but it seems to be mostly due to over-medication on his part (now that we have taken steps to control how much medication he gets and when he gets it, he is fairly normal with occassional bouts with memory loss).

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User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7342 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

My Grandmother has Vascular Dementia- The doctor described it as a meteor shower of blood clots. It is very difficult to be around a close relative when they're like that and you are so happy if they make any connection at all

User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Mark,

I just lost my mother in September of '04 to advanced Alzeimers. She was diagnosed 8 years ago, and lived in a special care facility for the last 5 years.

I also have a degree in Industrial Psychology, although it is not my full-time career. Your mother's medical situation is different, but the symptoms are very similar.

If you'd like to discuss in detail, please contact me offline or chat with me via AIM: Kvndiam.

Good luck to you.

Kevin.



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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

She's getting very agitated and irrational, and I think it's time to talk to the doctor about medication that addresses her behavioral issues. Problem is, I don't really know what to consider potential psychosis and what's just natural progression of the dementia.

Yes, I think your instinct is the right one to get her evaluated by a doctor, preferably a neurologist who has experience with dimentia. Often times patients with dimentia are perscribed antipsychotics to lessen the bouts of irrational behavior, particularly if someone is becoming violent.

BTW, did your mother sign a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

Charles, SJ



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