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Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:53 am

I have a couple of questions, and I'd appreciate knowledgable input.
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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:33 am

LHMark...

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


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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:54 am

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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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 11:30 am

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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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 12:50 pm

My mom is 82 and we are dealing with it right now, everyday, every hour.
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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:40 pm

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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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:17 pm

Pls dont mind me asking.But what is it.
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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:19 pm

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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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:33 pm

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
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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:44 pm

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.

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RE: Has Anyone Cared For A Parent With Dementia?

Sun Jan 09, 2005 3:16 pm

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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