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  • User Andressa asked: 8/25/2016 8:51:58 AM | Daily Care

    I am doing a project to help people with ALzheimer or similiar, and I would like to know from you caregivers: If you have an app that could "read" signals from the person you take care of, and could advise you of things, what features could this app have? What features could help you and the person you take care of? I hope help you. Thank you. :)


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/25/2016 6:28:55 PM

      Did you ask permission to post a survey?

  • User rupertkids asked: 8/25/2016 6:33:31 AM | Care Options/Transitions

    caring.com, has anyone used this service


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/25/2016 8:31:38 AM

      Few of the regulars visit this site. Please go to Message Boards and repost on both Caregivers and Spousal boards.

  • User DonnaGayle asked: 8/25/2016 5:47:34 AM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    My husband-almost 65 was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer''s.--he has hearing loss-got new hearing aids 5 years ago. I have been noticing on an increasing occurrence that he asks to have others repeat things-has at times asked about a storyline---i have had his hearing retested and it is not showing a decline. Is this part of the disease where his brain is just not able to comprehend at the time?


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/25/2016 8:33:58 AM

      Hi Donna, As the disease progresses, our ability to keep up with a story line diminishes. It''s just too hard to keep track of all the people and sub-plots. Do browse Message Boards.

  • User TRobs asked: 8/24/2016 8:33:30 PM | Daily Care

    Mama has just this week reached the stage where she won''t eat. She grumbles every time we try to get her to eat, then worries we''re mad at her when we tell her it''s important for her...
    I can''t figure out what''s wrong. Her meds haven''t changed, physical activity is the same, and I''ve tried making foods that my mama loved her whole life - she won''t eat anything at all. I''m super frustrated.

    What do I do?


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/25/2016 8:36:17 AM

      Reasoning, as you''ve figured out won''t work. Does she like to snack? Lots of small nutritious snacks during the day. Do brows Message Boards.

    • User Kenneth Hancock replied: 8/25/2016 6:30:39 AM

      My wife''s taste is changing. She seems to need more salt and sweet, depending on the dish. Also, distractions stop her from eating. I have to mute, or just turn off the tv. Sometimes putting food on her fork, and handing it to her will get her started. It''s a challenge with important consequences. Be creative.

  • User Rossie asked: 8/24/2016 10:27:27 AM | Daily Care

    New to this site any suggestions for us Dad does not want to shower , he gets dressed at night and sleeps in the day just not the happy man we know he seems depressed.


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/25/2016 8:38:59 AM

      His internal clock has gotten turned around. Not uncommon. There is a residence in the Riverdale section of NYC that has a program just for people like him. Activities are during the night. Try reposting your question on the Caregiver''s section of Message Boards.

  • User Kalichristine asked: 8/23/2016 10:24:53 AM | Symptoms/Behaviors

    My Mom does not want to use the bathroom enough prefers to use pads. The smell is bad?
    She says she cant smell anything .


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/23/2016 4:28:07 PM

      Do bring her the bathroom and sit her on the commode every two hours. Don''t ask. You can also repost this Ontario Caregivets section of Message Boards.

    • User Exhausted2mysoul replied: 8/23/2016 12:02:13 PM

      My gram is opposite but can never make it to the bathroom on time. She does smell bad. I get her to shower by offering to take her out to lunch or for a haircut or just for a ride which usually works in the summer. Winter....not so much.

  • User Exhausted2mysoul asked: 8/23/2016 9:59:26 AM | Safety Issues

    What do we do when she locks us out of the house? She has done this numerous times especially with the caregiver. She has locked us out then. She calls the cops and even though we have extensive paperwork she has dementia and needs 24/7 supervision as well as court orders they make us leave.


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    • User dementiaaide replied: 8/23/2016 7:42:10 PM

      You could get a new lock that opens with a keypad the way they have at memory care facilities. Here are some solutions from the home depot: http://www.homedepot.com/b/Tools-Hardware-Hardware-Door-Knobs-Hardware-Electronic-Door-Locks/N-5yc1vZc2bd

    • User Exhausted2mysoul replied: 8/23/2016 6:20:39 PM

      I do have keys and a window i leave open. I have tried to meet w chief of police as well as mayor. We were brushed off after they had a 5 min conversation with gram where she told them about her childhood. To them she can remember way back so there is nothing wrong with her. I need to handle this with gram but not sure how.

    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/23/2016 4:30:37 PM

      Can you get a spare key? Leave a window unlocked? Do meet with the Chief of Olivr and bring your papers with you. Do browse Message Boards.

  • User Marmee_2 asked: 8/22/2016 11:43:32 PM | Care Options/Transitions

    My husband has Alzheimer''s. We bought a camper, which we leave at a private campground. At first this was a great idea and a good getaway, but now anytime we get ready to go, he makes himself sick. I thought it was just going there, but we went for a 3 day vacation to his favorite place and he did the same thing. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get him to get away from home without making himself sick??


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    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/23/2016 7:35:46 AM

      Interesting. Those of us with the disease like our routine. Try posting on the Spousal section of Message Boards. Try calling our help line: 1-800-272-8900.

  • User philipsmom asked: 8/22/2016 6:15:11 PM | Care Options/Transitions

    I''''m new to this - my mom has been getting "forgetful", and it continues to worsen, but nothing real bad (yet). I''''d love some advice on how to talk with her about it. For example, balancing her checkbook now just overwhelms her. I or my dad offer to do it to help her, but she''''ll start to cry because "you think I''''m getting forgetful", or she wants to be shown how to do it which is an exercise in futility. What do you say? She has been to a neurologist who has told her she has mild dementia.


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    • User SLWoolsey replied: 8/24/2016 6:05:39 PM

      I started helping my mother with her finances, when she finally realized she could no longer add or subtract and keep track of her check register. I was doing everything on line and letting the statements still go to her so she could still keep abreast on her accounts. Perhaps you or your dad could start doing everything on line. This is very hard for them. They are losing pieces and they don''t understand it. It is important for them to still feel like they are able to do things. I know it gets frustrating explaining over and over again how to do the checkbook. I placated my mom about the checkbook for a long time. But as time goes on, they realize they aren''t able to do it anymore and gladly relinquish it. Hope this helps.

    • User Exhausted2mysoul replied: 8/23/2016 12:08:18 PM

      Gram would get irate if anyone said dimentia or alzheimers around her and wouldnt let anyone help. When we told her her stroke and heart attack cacausthe memory issues she was more willing to let us step in. It did eventually come down to us appointing conservator and handle things without her. We do bring her copies of everything so she can go through it and see everything is taken care of. As this disease progressed she fought over it and now doesn''t even think about it. All important mail goes to conservators address and gram has fun going through junk mail.

    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/22/2016 6:35:42 PM

      What was the process of diagnosis? Did it consist of lots of blood tests and a brain scan to rule out other causes. Then a several hour long neuro psych to look for depression and try to determine the type of dementia, Does your mom acknowledge that something is wrong with her memory? Zig say just say that this is one one things she has trouble with and you''re glad to do it. Possibly mention something she can still do.

  • User max1 asked: 8/22/2016 1:03:24 PM | Safety Issues

    My Husband acts like a 2 year old. He shows feelings when we are out for small children. If the parents are upset with the child or try to correct them he says things to them like poor baby and then the parents become upset, he tries to play hide and seek with them. In the stores he has to hit all the displays and sings, jumps, dance and whistles. What can I do to help him change?


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    • User dementiaaide replied: 8/23/2016 7:45:47 PM

      If he''s not aware of what he is wearing, you can have him wear a shirt or button that say''s he has dementia that way people in public are better able to grasp the situation. I have a couple button and shirt we would put on my dad when we were out in public - PM if you''re interested.

    • User Mimi S. replied: 8/22/2016 6:37:56 PM

      Probably nothing. In his mind he is helping. So such occasions need to be eliminated. Sorry about that.

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