Thank you all!!
Can't think where my other response went.
I understand about the "zombie" part. I also don't want what has always made Mom unique (on SOOO many levels) to be squashed. Since she is too far gone into the "sundowner's" and the aggession to try a non-pharmeceutical approach, we have determined that for now we will try using Zolaft daily and Ativan as needed. Not happy about it, but really had no choice but to proceed with pharmeceutical intervention.
They also mentioned taking her off her Aricpet and Namenda because "it reaches the point where it doesn't work any more." This I know also, but who or what determines when it's "not working anymore??" Mom is still thrilled by the beauty of things around her, still loves to shop, still loves a good cup of tea, and a good meal eaten with her family. Sounds to me like she isn't past the point of the meds working. I am also taking her for a psych evaluation with a psychiatrist.
Any ideas, input or suggestions on the Aricept/Namenda
Thanking you all, I remain
Thank you, Snowylynne.
So far, I have managed to resist taking her off the Aricept/Namenda. I have told them until she is apparently NOT enjoying anything, we are going to keep her on it. She is failing quickly now that her roommate passed away. They were attached at the hip and I know that Mom misses her. Her roommate was so lively and kept Mom going. To point out the hallucinations mom is having, they tell me Mom walks up and down the hallway alone, talking to somebody who isn't there. HELLO! She's doing the same thing she did everyday up to the point her roommate passed. Mom is walking with her and talking with her, I'm sure. BTW, they have told me Mom is at stage 6.
You mentioned the Seroquel in a previous email. I didn't realize you were suggesting it as an alternative to the Ativan. They are only suggesting the Ativan specifically for those times she needs it. Which hasn't been any time since the incident two Fridays ago. I will research the Seroquel as an alternative. Do you have any particular information regarding the Seroquel as opposed to the Ativan. If not, do you know a good site that may have the information??
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/1/2010 11:16:11 AM (GMT-7)