LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2084 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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TWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2053 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.
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MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2035 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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Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7894 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2001 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
Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1985 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?
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