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I will call the MC facility today to see if they have noticed a decline in her walking.
Thanks for any advice/insight!!
That sounds completely normal to me + no, I would not go to the DR specially
for that. If she looks/feels unsteady, I would encourage her using a walker. My mom
would never use one + went from walking, shuffling, falling numerous times to
All sounds normal to me. I have family in ALF and DH at home with AD.
IME they get unsteady, and it was worsened (along with other probs) when going out. How quickly other abilities decline is....almost impossible to predict. Some things go faster than others, depending on the person. Combine arthritis and aging with the losses of Alzheimer’s, and the unsteadiness/slowing down seems totally normal IME.
A doc might make you feel better, and might be able to help with some things, but....ditto to what Terei said.
My DH became agitated in groups and unfamiliar settings early on, but his mobility is good. For others I know, mobility went earlier.
My husband is stage 7 in a NH. He started walking differently around early stage 5. Slower pace as if his legs were made of cement. Later on in that stage he developed a slight hunch and his neck protruded. It became more and pronounced as time went on. As he entered stage 7, it was a very bent over shuffle and very rigid. . He doesn’t understand a walker and it would only cause him to fall more. He is still a wanderer. We’ve had several calls about falls and so far they have been minor cuts and bruises. They cannot put him in a wheel chair until his brain can no longer tell his legs how to walk. We and the staff try to make it as safe as possible as he walks and walks til he is so tired and unstable they try to redirect him to sit and hopefully fall asleep.
We just hope for the best. He has AD with LBD. All part of the diseases.