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"Consistent with patients having Alzheimer's"
That was mom's diagnosis over eight years ago. Dementia of some sort is indeed causing her health to steadily decline. However, I have always doubted Alzheimer's.
Mom's been in a NH for over three years and *constantly* shocks her caregivers by what she remembers or can do. Most recently, after 2-months of barely talking and having to be fed, mom is beginning to remember things. My dad, 2-year-old grandson, and I visited her Tuesday morning. On Thursday morning, mom was able to tell my brother about the visit. How is this possible?
Mom's been on hospice since last October. Since then, we've been told *many* times that she only has days or weeks. I don't believe any predictions at this point. Is autopsy still the only way to confirm Alzheimer's?
Some other dementias affect the brains in different ways - could it be VaD?
or could it be a dementia related to depression, Vit B or D deficiency, thyroid or anemia problem?
Mom's fought high cholesterol most of her adult life. She had a quad bypass nearly 20 years ago. After the operation, she ate healthy and worked out regularly, yet still couldn't get her total below 200. Often it was above 300. She's also fought depression for as long as I can remember and has thyroid issues. As you can see, mom's dementia could be a result of many things and not Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, however, I believe family will fight me about having an autopsy performed.