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Nofljim
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:40 AM
Joined: 5/9/2019
Posts: 4


For months I have asked my wife if she has a memory problem or if she just does not care? Yesterday a close friend who is visiting said " I do not want to meddle but do you think there is something wrong with Bs memory?" Not sure what our first step is? She is only 68 I 69

 


ElaineD
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:48 AM
Joined: 4/12/2019
Posts: 136


Dear nofljim,

I'm in the same boat.  But I don't ask my DH (dear husband) if he has a memory problem because he's irritable enough, and would go on the offensive.

He was has shown signs of what is called Mild Cognitive Impairment for more than two years.

Recently we made a major move to a Senior Living Community, primarily because I'm disabled and wasn't able to get out and about from our house.

He seemed to fall apart!  Apathetic, sleeping all the time, confused, angry, etc.

That's when I came here because I was frightened at what was 'happening'.

But after six weeks he seems much better.  I guess the stress and depression caused a temporary major decline.

But I even tho' he's better, he's still in early MCI.

Just keep posting here and reading.

ElaineD


Nofljim
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:57 AM
Joined: 5/9/2019
Posts: 4


Oh yes she has always been depressed and now sleeps from midnight til around noon
terei
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:09 AM
Joined: 5/16/2017
Posts: 392


The first step is for her to be checked out by her primary physician.  There are some

issues that mimic dementia(low B 12, for one) so you need to eliminate those before

you can determine what the problem is.


Rockym
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:10 AM
Joined: 1/17/2016
Posts: 884


Nofijim, just so you know, depression causes memory issues.  Stress causes memory issues.  Having responsibilities beyond your ability causes memory issues.  MCI comes in all forms and for many reasons.  The first step would be to have her talk to her doctor about what is going on.  Is it affecting her everyday life or just a bother?

When was the last time she had a physical, bloodwork, etc.?  So many reasons for memory issues.  Glad you care enough to come on here and ask.


Rescue mom
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:30 AM
Joined: 10/12/2018
Posts: 810


For a couple years I’d ask my DH the same thing. He’d just laugh it off. “Hey, I forgot. So What?” Others  said he just didn’t listen, or he didn’t care enough.  I’d handle whatever it was, so....

This was our process to Alzheimer’s diagnosis, for what it’s worth:

Then a couple big, worrisome things happened. I got his PCP to refer him to a memory clinic and neurologist for brain scans and testing. (It took big pushing with the PCP, who said things like, “well don’t we all forget some things?”)

DH did not want to go, but he wouldn’t flatly refuse once I set it up.

He failed hugely—although they said he did amazingly well on a few parts of the tests—and the brain scans showed dramatic, obvious loss/atrophy of brain. The docs said that explained his memory (and other) problems. 

They diagnosed Alzheimer’s. (And quickly ruled out fixable things like thyroid or vitamin deficiency—things I think of as more physical/medical than Alzheimer’s)

At least it helped family realize it wasn’t just a matter of “wanting” to.....

Many people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in their 60s.

And, absolutely, there are many other things, such as depression or ongoing stress, hormones or medical probs,  retirement, moving or family issues—that create symptoms that look like Alzheimer’s or other dementia. A doc can check for those.


Ed1937
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:32 PM
Joined: 4/2/2018
Posts: 1336


Welcome to the forums, but sorry you have a need to be here. A neurologist who specializes in dementia, or has that as a large part of his/her practice would be a good place to start. There are many conditions that can mimic dementia, which includes Alzheimer's, and you should ask that all other possibilities be eliminated to make sure it isn't something that is easy to take care of. Just know that there is a very good chance it is actually dementia of some sort. But the possibility that it isn't does exist, and must be considered.
harshedbuzz
Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:12 PM
Joined: 3/6/2017
Posts: 1593


If your wife does have a memory issue, it's very likely she would also have anosogonosia and not be aware she has a memory issue. 

I would start with her PCP. Share your concerns privately- either via the patient portal, email or written communication- listing specific concerns and examples ahead of the appointment. Your PCP can do a quick and dirty screening as well as order blood work to rule out hormone or vitamin deficiencies that can mimic memory issues. If the doc is also concerned, they can refer you to neurology.
Ernie123
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Joined: 5/5/2019
Posts: 17


On a practical note be sure that Power of Attorney documents for finances and personal care decisions are in order.
Jo C.
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:00 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 9849


Hello nofljim and a very warm welcome to you.  I am sorry for what is happening and can imagine how concerning this must be.

It really is very important to have your wife seen by physicians; first, by her primary care MD; she will need a thorough physical exam with full extensive labs run to rule out any physical causes for the changes.  NOTE:  There is a very long list of physical causes of conditions that can mimic dementia and some are very easily treated.

If the primary MD does not find any physical causation for such ongoing memory problems, then it is best to make an appointment with a dementia specialist who can make his/her assessment and determine if dementia is present and to be able  to make an accurate diagnosis for just what type of dementia is at hand.

This is important as there are multiple types of dementia of which Alzheimer's Disease is only one.  Some meds used in one type of dementia may be contraindicated in another.  Our primary MDs are awesome at so much, but they are not on the cutting edge of dementia dynamics, so that specialist becomes key.

As for asking your wife if she feels whether or not she has a memory problem, that in all probability will not foster a reliable answer if she indeed has dementia.  When a certain state has been reached, it is difficult for our Loved Ones (LOs) to process and feed back information accurately. Also; there is a condition called, "anosognosia," this is where a person is not able to recognize that they have a problem, it is not denial; you can use Google to look that up and learn more about it.

The Alzheimer's Assn. has a Helpline that can be reached at, (800) 272-3900.  If you call, please ask to speak to a Care Consultant.  There are no fees for this service. Consultants are highly educated Social Workers who specialize in family dynamics and the are very supportive, have much information and can also often assist us in our problem solving.

I so hope that you are able to get good professional input for the changes your wife is experiencing; let us know how you and she are doing, we truly do care.

J.


Nofljim
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:43 AM
Joined: 5/9/2019
Posts: 4


Thank you all have some work to do!
basilia
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:09 PM
Joined: 5/23/2019
Posts: 99


Greetings my dear

My name is Basilia Jackson a lady from U.S, i saw your profile and become interested in knowing you please contact

 me in my email address as a friend

     basiliajackson028@gmail.com


 
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