is this a sign of Alzheimer's ?

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sassy1
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
A few months back my Grandmother (she's 80)  started believing that the people shown on TV are REAL people and not just pictures on a screen.
 
She had cat scans done but nothing showed up with that.
 
So is this just plain stupidity brought on by old age or what?
 
It gets really annoying at times..

stkitt
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Sassy 1,

I am sorry your Grandmother is going through this and no it is not "just plain stupidity brought on by old age". 

It may be annoying to you but think about how sad and confusing it is for your Grandmother.  She has lived a long and productive life and now she is getting confused.  How scary that must be for her.  

You may want to check out these websites:
 

I get the feeling you are quite young as you appear to be a  bit insensitive to what is happening to your Grandmother. Perhaps if you read on the links or in this forum you will better understand.
 
Take care
Kitt



 
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/17/2008 11:23:03 AM (GMT-6)


sassy1
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...

It may be annoying to you but think about how sad and confusing it is for your Grandmother.  She has lived a long and productive life and now she is getting confused.  How scary that must be for her.  


Scary? lol   She doesn't care in the least and doesn't even act confused over it or understand that the people in the TV are not real....

Our normal family doctor said he doesn't even think it is Alzeimers.

Post Edited (sassy1) : 5/17/2008 10:39:40 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Sassy1

" started believing that the people shown on TV are REAL people and not just pictures on a screen"

IMHO you have described someone that is confused. 

Kitt
 
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sassy1
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
No to be confused you actualy have to understand what you're confused about.
 
If you actually believe you're not confused then how can you be confused?

Post Edited (sassy1) : 5/17/2008 10:43:03 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 5/17/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Sassy1,

I forgot to mention I love your name.  I had a cat named Sassy once.  Loved the cat.

I am going to let one of the mods address your comments.

I will be following your posts.

Kitt


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/17/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW
nono  PLease do not think of your GMA as stupid as she is not
'For her what she sees is real
She may not have alzheimers but I am sure that there is some dementia going on
YES she is afraid
Think how you would feel if you were in her shoes......I can safely think you would be afraid too
Have EMPATHY not apathy and find ways to to be able to talk to your GMA so you can calm her down and try to keep her in a "Happy Place"
 
There is a "Quick Fact thread" on the forum I would suggesst you read and see if anything pertains to her
 
I Lost both my parents my dad just April 17th of this year and mom 2 yrs before to this Dang disease that really robs us of them
 
THis forum is for support and caring and empathy not for making remarks like that ......
I do hope you will find the real GMA for bits at a time and get memories made with her before she goes..........
 
EMAIL me if you feel I have been harsh with you  please
 
   LYN


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sassy1
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   Posted 5/17/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Howlyncat said...
 
YES she is afraid

no she isn't

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/17/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not going to argue with you about this .....

I really do believe anyone with any type of dememtia is scared........The are losing there memory and all that they have lived in short bursts of time

Again this is a support forum not to be agumenting on........

YOu very well can email me ....under name at side

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/17/2008 1:19:56 PM (GMT-6)


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/17/2008 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be Vascular dementia.a trip to a Neurologist is in order ............
SnowyLynne


Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
THANKS Snowy
Totally agree and who better to answer with this as someone who has this type of disorder/ disease
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/18/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy
DO you look after her or just visit occasionally ?
It sure sounds like you should rad some back pages and even some of the topics on first page

Seniors and pple your gma's age do get afraid that they will develop a demetia of some kind most fear Alzheimers prior to getting it if they end up doing so

Please know your GMA is in her own world with some things and I truly believe she needs to see a Neurolgist and the sooner the better for her..........
Well over 5 million plus have Alzheimers and some form of dementai
in the USA

Canada has 300,000 and more each day .......
It saddens me that your posts make you sound like you are not worried about her but are more or les thinking it is kinda funny and that she is not confused nor afraid........

PLease have whoever her Caregiver or Power of Attorney get her to a specialist in the field of Geriatrics and Dementias............

Take care
LYN
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 5/19/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
My dad acted like he was totally in charge. He acted confident. He WAS scared. When we sat down and chatted, just the two of us, I would ask him and we would talk about it. He was SO happy to be able to address his confusion and fear. I was absolutely stunned. I had no idea that he felt the way he did.

People put on a good show to try and convince others they are ok.

I'm glad you spend time with your Grandmother, Sassy. You'll never regret the time you take and the patience you use when you are with her. We will all be old one day and I always try to treat elderly loved ones as I will want to be treated.

Blessings!

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/20/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Well said Sis
Thanks

Loves and God Bless

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stkitt
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   Posted 5/20/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I have not seen Sassy, she must not be around.

Kitt


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
NO me either.....
I am hoping SHE does read the posts
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