Old age or Alzheimers?

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2005 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
about a year and half ago, my grandmother (my only living relative on my mom's side) moved in with me, my husband and kids.  My grandfather died leaving my gma to fend for herself in Missouri. She is legally blind with Macular Degeneration so I am now her POA and patient advocate.  Just recently I've notice her doing odd little things but I'm not sure if it's because of her age which is 86 or if it's something more serious.
 
Here's a little background since she has moved in with us.  June of 2004 we moved her here, in February of 2005 she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her bladder. She went thru chemo and radiation with flying colors and is now cancer free.  She also has an Aortic Abdominal Anuerysm (sp?) which they will do nothing about because it's not that serious yet.  She is fairly healthy now with a small problem with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  For being mostly blind she is very active and doesn't like to sit around. I just hope that I'm that active at her age!
 
Well like I said, I have been noticing things more and more that seems odd.  I will be in another room and I will hear her talk to herself and she denies doing it or she will talk at the tv.  She also has these emotional "meltdowns" from time to time though it seems to be getting more frequent.  She's got the idea in her head that my 10 year old daughter doesn't like her and will even tell her this which makes my daughter cry because she doesn't know what she is doing wrong.  She has never been physical with anyone though. She gets forgetful of sometimes everyday words and she always misplacing things in her room.  I've come learn her hiding spots very well by now.
 
So I am not sure if these things are an indication of anything more important.  I know that in the 1 1/2 years she had alot to deal with....losing her husband of 50+ years, moving out of state and in with us and getting cancer.  I am trying to supportive as possible but it's kind of breaking my heart because I've never had to deal with something like this and I don't like what she is doing(probably unintentional) toward my daughter.
 
So any ideas or suggestion?

~~Sherry~~
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1992
Currently taking: 9 Colazal (750mg) daily,
Diagnosed with Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
Currently taking: Niacin-500mgs

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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 11/21/2005 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest you make an appointment with a Neurologist for her.He can test her.How old is she,you did not say?
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2005 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought of that but she gets offended if I suggest so much as having a hearing test (which she is losing some of her hearing) because I think to her, she refuses to believe that anything is going on with her that is age related. In her mind, it's bad enough losing her sight.

I did state her age, she's 86.

Thanks

~~Sherry~~
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1992
Currently taking: 9 Colazal (750mg) daily,
Diagnosed with Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
Currently taking: Niacin-500mgs

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/22/2005 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry .....I had to tell a little white lie to my Dad to get him to the doctor........he is booked for a cat scan this week but I and doc believe he has AD........He had started doing some of the things you are talking about and then too denying it ...he is 70 yr old.........I am already the caregiver for my Mom and now it looks like I will need to be there for my dad.........If possible ( and I know your helth is not the best ) could you do a wee journal of some of the "odd things " she is doing and then take them to your doc and ask his opinion only based on that and then you may have to tell her she needs to go to doc for routine tests or something of the kind to have her checked out ......please get in touch with me ............I will try to help you as much as possible ........God Bless You for being there for her..........Lyn..BTW I have some great sites for Alzheimer's info from HW resources


 
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Post Edited (LKE aka Lyn Kyle Emerick) : 11/22/2005 2:49:07 AM (GMT-7)


Red_34
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   Posted 11/22/2005 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Lyn, I just sent you an email :)

~~Sherry~~
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Currently taking: 9 Colazal (750mg) daily,
Diagnosed with Reynaulds Syndrome in 2004
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/22/2005 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry.....Just gort your email and I am sending you one now .......i hope it helps ........remember I am here for you I know how difficult and painful this is .........God Bless ......Lyn
 
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