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family risk of dementia
Amy Joy
Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 5:31 PM
Joined: 9/5/2022
Posts: 69

Does dementia runs in your family?

My moms mom died at 84 in a nursing home of dementia.

My mom is in a nursing home with dementia.

My 63 year old brother is in a nursing home with dementia.

I was diagnosed at 49 with early onset dementia.

I hope to get better and never have to be in a nursing home. 

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:04 PM
Joined: 9/17/2022
Posts: 49

My father died from dementia. He was 86. I think he was put into a home when he was 83.

Now, my brother has it. He just turned 80. He was just diagnosed with dementia after catching Covid 19 back in August 2022. He never took care of himself plysically, as he also has diabetes, high blood sugar, heart issues, high blood pressure, and is quite overweight. 

So, I am kinda worried. I am 74. My weight is ok, my BP is ok, and I exercise at the gym alot. I walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. i do not know if my paternal grandfather had dementia, but I suspect that he did

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2022 9:08 PM
Joined: 9/17/2022
Posts: 49

My wife and I are taking care of my brother. She has had experience before taking care of other dementia patients. His dementia is progressing very quickly, and I fear that my wife and I will notbe able to take care of him much longer. I am 74…she is going to be 78 in Jan 2023
Amy Joy
Posted: Monday, January 23, 2023 5:38 PM
Joined: 9/5/2022
Posts: 69

 I understand what y’all are going through.

My mom had to put her mom in a home from having dementia.

My mom is now in a home with dementia.

I have an older brother with dementia in a home.

I’m coming to the fact that I have dementia and will more than likely 

Be in a home someday I just hope not soon!

Amy Joy
Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 3:17 PM
Joined: 9/5/2022
Posts: 69

I’ve seen my neurological doctor and had tests reading, math and understandings and memory.

My results are continually showing decline.

I’m being recommended to seek mental help and consider 

Memory care unit while I still can.

Jo C.
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:36 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13681

Hello Amy Joy; it must have been disappointing to hear that from your Neurologist. 

You are a good proactive person.  The doctor is probably correct in that it would be good to screen Memory Care settings so you will know which suits you best when the need arises.

Do you have any family or close friends who could assist you with such screening and future planning?  That support could be very helpful.

If you have Durable Powers of Attorney for both your Healthcare and one for your Financial Management, that would be great as it is SO necessary. If you have not done that as yet, it would be best to do that now to let your wishes be known for your planning and for future needs.

Also, the Alzheimer's Assn. has a 24 Hour Helpline, 365 days a year that can be reached at, (800) 272-3900.  If you call, ask to be transferred to a Care Consultant. There are no fees for this service. Consultants are highly educated Social Workers who specialize in dementia dynamics and they can be very helpfully supportive. If you wish to speak to someone, you can do this as often as you wish or need to.

I send you warmest wishes and thoughts as you begin to work on your future plans.  Let us know how you are doing, we will be thinking of you.


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