|08-17-2013 08:08 PM|
|08-17-2013 08:46 AM|
I second whoever suggested going over her med list, in depth, with a pharmacist. When my husband's grandmother, who he was the caretaker for, was in her last years, she became very, very confused... but never had Alzheimer's or dementia. Turned out, she was on a cocktail of medications that were contraindicative and because she saw so many different doctors (who, let's face it, tend to use and abuse elderly as cash cows), there was no continuity. When we asked the pharmacist to review the whole list, he was horrified. She stopped taking just about everything, it was a night and day change. It's worth a shot to be sure.
You said she has a great doctor, which is AWESOME. Make sure any specialists she sees are just as communicative. We found that the specialists are the ones who couldn't care less... they'd order all sorts of unnecessary tests and pump her full of drugs. A good primary care will go a long way to preventing that.
|08-17-2013 01:32 AM|
|llombardo||My grandma had this(confirmed by the doctor). She was fine up until she was about 81 or so. She walked to go do laundry, cooked, cleaned, shoveled...everything. She would get offended if we beat her to any of this stuff. She started forgetting things, but not everything...she always knew who we were, but the thing that made my mom have her sell her house and move in with her was the stove. Numerous times she turned it on and forgot about it. It wasn't worth her hurting herself. She lived to be 90.|
|08-17-2013 01:20 AM|
My grandmother has Alzheimer's and I take care of her. The best thing you can do is take her to the doctor and have her tested! If she tests positive for Alzheimer's or dementia, then have her do something that requires using math or have her learn a new language.
My grandmothers quilts and that requires a ridiculous amount of math. What those things do is basically build new brain cells. Learning a new language won't be easy, but it will create a lot of extra brain cells for her. I probably didn't explain that very well or correctly when I said It creates new brain cells but a doctor should know what I'm talking about and be able to explain it better.
I wish you the best of luck!
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|08-16-2013 11:29 PM|
Is she on any statin drugs? There is a link between these cholesterol drugs and dementia...the brain needs fat 60% of it is made of fat.
...producing Ketones which are produced by using...you guessed it...Coconut oil!!! may help...add to oatmeal, fry with it, salad dressings
|08-16-2013 10:05 PM|
|Chip Blasiole||A simple assessment that you can probably do yourself is the Folstein mini mental state exam. It is probably available online. The highest you can score is 30. Scores of 19 and below are suggestive of dementia. But there could be other factors contributing to her cognitive problems, such as UTI, medication side effects, etc. If you are really concerned, try to schedule her an appointment with a geriatric psychiatrist. If she has dementia, there are medications that can slow down the progression of the disease for a short while, but it is a progressive disease. Educate yourself and if you suspect she has dementia, be prepared to attribute her behaviors to dementia and don't get frustrated and take it personally that she is not doing her best. There are no really good ways to diagnose dementia other than cognitive screeenings, observation and ruling out other medical problems that could be contributing to cognitive impairment.|
|08-16-2013 07:19 PM|
|08-16-2013 06:41 PM|
My folks (who live in another state) are in their mid 70's. They both write everything down. They have one of those large calender apointment books that they leave on their kitchen counter. They put all their appointments etc. on it. That way at a glance they can each see through out the entire month any specific dates or requirements they may have.
When we (the sisters) see a big change in their actions or behaviors, it almost ALWAYS is directly related to a new medication - or a cocktail of medications. Even some new vitamin kick they might get into.
My oldest sister is an emergancy room nurse. She lives near my folks. She'll actually call their doctor and tell him of their new behavior. This is all done behind my folks backs. Then when the doctor sees them - he'll have notes in his file that states the concerns of the family and will zero in on specific behaviors. My folks have no idea. Any family member can do so. My sister just does because she's local.
Might seem a bit sneaky - but both my folks are highly educated people. If they thought for a moment that WE thought they were slipping, they'd be devastated.
|08-16-2013 06:21 PM|
|LoveEcho||Just wanted to say and that I feel your fear. My father in law, who I love dearly, we suspect is suffering from Alcoholic Dementia at 65. Was a heavy, heavy drug user and drinker his whole life, has been sober for three years... but has pretty rapidly (in the last month or so) gone from being somewhat functional to not knowing who, where he is, etc. It's terrifying, and feeling helpless is awful. The best advice I can give is to be extra supportive, as it is equally as terrifying for them.|
|08-16-2013 06:17 PM|
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