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Elderly Dementia Experiences? #4438629
06/22/17 02:27 PM
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Reddy45 Offline OP
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Does anyone have any experience with this rather sensitive subject? I fear that a family member is starting to display signs of it, but they are also very stubborn about getting help. Fortunately they are still able to function on a day to day basis, but there are signs of rapid short term memory loss and a sort of 'zoning out'..

I think it would be beneficial for the person to have a more active lifestyle and to spend some time each day on mental puzzle type activities, but they are very stubborn. I suspect that chronic pain from a past work injury is causing/accelerating the problem.

It is hard to see it happening.

Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438640
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What meds if any are they on? Might be time to have them adjusted or reduced. Have a doctor or a new doctor referred to take a look at the meds and give a thorough exam. Talking to nurses at a hospital can be a good reference. They won't say anything negative about a bad one but will recommend good ones.

Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438642
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They need a good work up. Heart surgery, Lyme disease and a zillion other things can make you that way.
Up here we are #2 with Lyme disease and next door is #1. It can screw you up big time.
Plus chronic pain figures in as well. Just a few blood tests would rule out a few bads. Good luck. It is a bad road to go down.

I had a cousin they dumped a ton of meds on and as SS said above once he got them corrected he was okay- very serious issue.

Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438655
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There are drugs to slow down some of these types of diseases. Physical activity also helps.


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Donald] #4438656
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Originally Posted By: Donald
There are drugs to slow down some of these types of diseases. Physical activity also helps.


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438659
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If there is already a suspecion..someone that will be that person's "guardian" needs to get min/her to seek competant med eval. After the ager of 65 (I believe) insurance plans cover dementia evaluations. If that person (patient) is not co-operative...good luck.


Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438664
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It can make the afflicted ornery. Mum was a bright vibrant woman,never complained about anything. Now when I visit she always is grousing about something. Meds affecting meds happens not infrequently. Lyme disease is a constant caution. I have had 6 or 8 tick bites this season. I should get my blood tested. No bulls eye rash, so I'm not too worried. I'm blaming my short term memory loss on chemo brain grin2


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438676
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1) Get a proper diagnosis by a Dementia and Alzheimer trained medical doctor.
2) Get a proper diagnosis by a Dementia and Alzheimer trained medical doctor.
3) Get a proper diagnosis by a Dementia and Alzheimer trained medical doctor.
4) If diagnosed; Aricept can slow the disease.
5) The family is in for a long battle. My Mom and mother-in-law have dementia but could live a long time as it does not necessary kill you. Neither can walk and both wear diapers all day. While dementia does not destroy the brain like altzimers you can linger for a long long time with dementia. Alzheimer's is more aggressive and most patients die horribly but within 5 years.

One is very passive and one is very angry and will spit or scratch you.

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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438680
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My dad died from Alzheimers/Dementia. He was in great physical shape but deteriorated quickly. Start finding help to watch over him before He gets any worse and its too late. Dont wait till the last minute and dont think you can take care of him later on.he will be a hand full.


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438685
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Originally Posted By: Reddy45
I think it would be beneficial for the person to have a more active lifestyle and to spend some time each day on mental puzzle type activities, but they are very stubborn. I suspect that chronic pain from a past work injury is causing/accelerating the problem.


Trauma from injurys or surgery can definitely accelerate cognitive decline in elderly who may be in early stages of dementia.
Also, diet and vitamin deficiencies are another important area to look into.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/03/joseph-mercola/stop-brain-loss/

But good luck getting get a stubborn elderly person with possible early dementia to begin eating better and taking supplements.

Believe it or not, smoking cuts the risk of Alzheimers in half, Parkisons disease as well, but you'll never hear about about that, although it been known for decades.

Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438688
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How old is this person, out of curiosity? I totally agree with the physical and mental exercise, if it can be helped at all.. I can't prove it, but there seems to be some sense that our bodies maintain and protect what is being used... (and not waste resources on things it isn't)


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438697
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It's typically gradual and just get worse. Those who are not active have the worst of it due to the additional mobility issues (Walker, Wheelchair).

If the primary caregiver is family please monitor their health because it is significantly more stressful for the primary caregiver than it is for the individual with dementia. In fact it's not uncommon for the health of the primary caregiver to deteriorate just as fast.


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438716
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Thanks for all the tips and advice. The person of concern is late 60s. There are many many details that probably contribute to the mental decline, so I will try to direct them to a doctor who specializes in alzheimers/dementia.

Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438727
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Get their affairs in order, immediately someone needs financial and medical power of attorney,or guardianship.if you don't need it great, thank me later if you do. My wife is a police officer and almost got elderly abuse charges and I almost went to jail just bc we were attempting to control the chaos of her insane bipolar schitzo granny that we are still caring for


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Re: Elderly Dementia Experiences? [Re: Reddy45] #4438743
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My dad went down this path and my mom is now. Checking meds is a good idea, most elderly take so many different things that the interactions aren't predictable. This has been a constant struggle with both my parents. Pretty sure the time for mental exercise is well past as a preventative activity but it can't hurt. Dad retired at 59 and looking back kind of kicked it into mental neutral and I suspect that didn't help his diminishing capacities. Old age can suck and especially if the person is stubborn and/or belligerent. Sometimes it seems the best you can hope for is to prevent them from hurting someone else.


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