My Aunt is Deteriorating Quickly!!!!!

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pr glo
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   Posted 12/3/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if this is normal for Alzheimers I need input from you guys.  Please help!!!! Need Advise??????I am her CareTaker
My Aunt Talks to herself constantly.
My Aunt Wanders Off and gets lost.
My Aunt has no short term memory at all.
My Aunt doesn't remember dates, days of the week.
My Aunt foregets she has taken her meds and when I give them to her tells me I already took them.
My Aunt forget she eats sometimes and either won't eat or eats twice.
My Aunt locks all doors and hides and hoards everything no matter what it is and what condiiton it's in she doesn't want to get rid of it.
My Aunt forgets to change her clothes.
My Aunt forgets to Bathe.
And lastly and the most recently new thing My Aunt is using the bathroom on herself I have to wash her clothes 3 and 4 times a day #2 I spoke to her Doctor he said I should consider putting depends on her. Please advise is this all normal is she in the end stages I know nothing about Alzheimers only the little bit I've readu up on. Thanks PR Glo  

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/3/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Pro Glo
IMHO Yes this is totally normal for AD
It gets hardfer to watch what our loved ones go thru and also harder for us as Caregivers to see all of this happening and basically our loved ones especially parents and close relatives ( Like Aunties) going back to the the childlike stage cry

Depends will help you with the amount of laundry and changing clothes
you may end up with a tad of an problem having Mom keep them on........
 
I would also ask her doc to have a NUEROLOGIST see and access her completely

I found it difficut in all honesty to put them o my Mom it seemed so sad but I know you are the only one that does anything and I do think that is your best option
You can call Alzheimers Organization and have her registered and a bracelt made for wandering
Talking to themselves is a normal habit as well .........the same with eating you have to remind them and also with meds......
Short term memory is also a loss to most with AD.........

It sure sounds like all of it is hitting your aunt and in turn you and brother.......

I wish you the best and iff you want to talk plz email me or add me to Msn or yahoo

God Bless you

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/3/2008 5:11:46 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted Today 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Before my Gma was placed on meds she would talk to herself constantly as well but just under her breath or she would talk to the TV. She also had a problem with her short term. Even after being on Nemenda she still doesn't know the date, how old she is or what day of the week it is. But that is ok because it's not harming anyone as far as I'm concerned and it's one of those little things that can be overlooked. My Gma has been wearing Depends for a while now and it really does help alot with her accidents. When she was living with me, she would have accidents but she would clean herself up. But now that she is in the home and a bit worse mentally, she is unable to clean herself suffienctly so the staff helps her.

But it sounds like your Aunt needs a bit more supervision now that it seems her condition is going downhill. Like for instance, does your aunt eat with you? Does she live with you? If she lives alone then it's best to get her in a home or moved in with someone to keep an eye on her.
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momofmany
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   Posted Today 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that watching someone with Alzeheimers is hard. My mother-in-law recently passed away from Alzeheimers. Her doctor said that because she had no other health problems, we would actually see the worst of Alzeheimers. The things you are noticing, are very normal. When my MIL lived with us, I was her caretaker. The hardest thing was keeping her in the house at night and getting her to take her meds. Many times having someone else offer her food or her meds (my 8 year old son was my "other person") helps. She wouldn't ever tell him no, anything he brought grandma she would do.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
....My Cait was the best one to get thru to Mom as well
My dad didnt want Cait to see him ........... as he was ...
But she did and it was her POPPA......she so loved him still cries alot in her sleep as do I

Yes it is hard on all involved in the caretaking but also it is rewarding IMHO
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