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  • User H.N.I asked: 1/18/2017 7:33:34 PM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    i have a family member with Alzheimer''s disease. She has been diagnosed for few years now. Doing ok. Recently, we have noticed that she''s been crying a lot when she''s alone. She says she''s remembering her diseased parents and daughter and she misses them. She''s on antidepressant. Besides going up on the dose, what else should we do? Is this a common symptom ?
    Thanks


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/19/2017 7:51:53 AM

      how much of the tie is she alone? Sounds like she needs more activities. Adult day care in your area? Hire someone to do activities with her. Do check out the Caregiver''s section of Message Boards.

  • User Kenavin asked: 1/18/2017 1:38:11 PM | Care Options/Transitions

    is there a good way to choose nursing homes that take medicare?


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/18/2017 5:48:32 PM

      Do repost on the Caregiver''s section of the Message Boards.

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/18/2017 5:48:30 PM

      Do repost on the Caregiver''s section of the Message Boards.

    • User Kenavin replied: 1/18/2017 1:44:03 PM

      I meant medicaid. Besides touring the facilities. I''ve read the medicare guide to choosing a facility online.. Was looking for more personal experience recommendations. Thank You!

  • User Rita02648 asked: 1/18/2017 10:57:07 AM | Care Options/Transitions

    My Mom is currently under Hospice care in a nursing home. The Hospice team is wonderful but I feel when they are not there the regular staff (especially on weekends or holidays) don''t give a damn about my mother. I find her wet, bed wet, not dressed, just leaving food for her and not feeding her. I am saddened not by her dying but by her lliving in this condition. I am depressed and do not have the energy to constantly fight with the nursing home about her care. Just needed to vent, just feel so sad by the state of things.


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/18/2017 5:50:06 PM

      Try reporting to the state agency in charge. Ask Hospice staff if they know of another place.

  • User TKing asked: 1/17/2017 11:02:07 AM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    My mom says she feels funny most mornings. Any idea what she means? This just started in the last month as well as a decline in mobility. Is this just the progression of AD? I try to read the stages to educate myself but she seems to have behaviors from all the stages but not one really describes her.


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    • User The_Sun_Still_Rises replied: 1/18/2017 7:06:33 AM

      I have Alz and I can relate your mom. As the brain goes, we lose ability understand what we are sensing from our body. I have had chronic pain for years, so I know it be pain from a logic point view, but I have lost ability register it as pain. However, the hardwiring stay cause the body want get away...so I get agitated and can be a flight and wander risk. But I have the weirdest sensations in my low back...and often say it just so funny how it feel. So, I do think it a sign that part her brain going. Mobility also go and we start shuffle. Hang in there. Sometimes the Young Onset or Alz sections can tell you the more specifics what it like live with it things as well. <3

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/17/2017 4:19:15 PM

      Do check out the Caregiver''s Section of the Message Boards.

  • User bralina asked: 1/16/2017 2:32:45 PM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    my mom is confusing reality with dreams. Getting agitated and doesn''t know where she is.


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    • User The_Sun_Still_Rises replied: 1/18/2017 7:07:48 AM

      Teepa Snow have videos on youtube. She an OT who train caregivers how approach us and talk us, not tripping our hard wiring. Might really help. <3

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/16/2017 6:44:22 PM

      Naomi Feil''s Validtion method should work. Ask for book at library. Or call help line and ask what to do. Ask if they are familiar and can guide you through the Validation Method. 1-800-272-3900

  • User aphid76 asked: 1/16/2017 2:13:17 PM | Legal/Financial

    Is there a legal/financial checklist for caregivers..POA, etc. I don''t even know if my DW is ''of sound mind'' to execute needed documents. HELP!


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    • User longtime replied: 1/17/2017 7:30:35 PM

      I hired a lawyer who specialized in Elder Law. He updated our wills to reflect my husbands Alzheimers. My husband put the deeds to our properties in my name. The lawyer also did financial powers of attorney, advanced medical directives and living wills. I have used the financial POA to put the car titles in my name and when my husband became delusional, I was able to admit him to the hospital and an assisted living facility with the advanced medical directive. You need to contact a lawyer ASAP.

    • User TKing replied: 1/17/2017 10:49:50 AM

      I sought advice from an elder law attorney who executed a personal caregiver agreement and all needed legal documents. She also provides guidance on how to document use of monies to stay compliant if and when Medicaid is needed.

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/16/2017 6:45:47 PM

      I strongly advise Elder Law Attorney so that all is set to the patients medical and legal needs.

  • User Debbie2016 asked: 1/15/2017 5:18:01 PM | Care Options/Transitions

    does certain medications cause the memory loss to be worse? I see it progressing very quickly all of a sudden


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    • User The_Sun_Still_Rises replied: 1/18/2017 7:12:01 AM

      YES! There a book with the list. Certain heart/blood meds, Benadryl, all the anti-pyschs are black box warned as they not only make the dementia worse, but increase death significantly. I know I on a muscle med that makes my Alz progress faster, a bromide, but it was a choice between walking or being bedridden so I choose walking and shorter life. But most definitely YES. You might be able find by googling meds counter indicated in dementia. <3

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/15/2017 8:40:56 PM

      I doubt it. Particular type or types of dementias involved usually have more bearing.

  • User pdxjlow asked: 1/15/2017 4:54:28 PM | Safety Issues

    SMOKING


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/15/2017 8:41:55 PM

      Of course, not good. Quitting for ,any is a major problem.

  • User smelly657 asked: 1/15/2017 2:13:06 PM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    mother is holding her purse and wanting to go see her mother


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    • User The_Sun_Still_Rises replied: 1/18/2017 7:13:20 AM

      Teepa Snow on youtube is expert in dealing with this. And in helping you understand why. <3

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/15/2017 4:45:33 PM

      Both behaviors common. y ant sed to stuff her purse with toilet tissue rols and bop those who offended her. As the disease progresses, the patients sense of relative time decreases, so she is back years ago. Don''t attempt to bring her to reality. Validate. Ask wht she''ll do when she gets to mom. Helps you gain an idea of wht her reality ear is. Talk about that tie. Look for photos from that era. Songs of te tie. Ask fr a copy of any book at your library by Naomi feil that has the word Validation in the title.

  • User Karodriguez asked: 1/14/2017 11:30:55 PM | Daily Care

    What type of products can help an altheimers patient focus on to keep their attention stage 6


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    • User The_Sun_Still_Rises replied: 1/15/2017 9:36:01 AM

      Picture cards...like that an occupational therapist might give you. It not really Alz specific, but in the autism world...we use a thing called PECS or Picture Exchange Communication....picture cards for communicating. Alzheimer''s takes from us our ability process information....although we are still processing. Generally, much more awareness and thoughts are going on than can be communicated. Short, simple sentences. Sticking topic. Speaking slowly. <3

    • User Mimi S. replied: 1/15/2017 8:02:34 AM

      checkout the Alzheimer''s Store. Repost on the Caregivers Section of message boards

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