How young can you get Alzheimers?

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cherylln
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   Posted 8/26/2006 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, all.
I recently have become concerned that my younger sister (51) may have Alzheimers.  She is constantly losing her house keys and ends up staying in hotels because she cannot get in her house.  She is three to four hours late, even though calls to her when she is only a little late results in "I'll be leaving pretty soon."
 
SHe has had services like phone and electric cut off because she doesn't pay her bills.  She is a hoarder and her house has become uninhabitable.
 
She is touchy and easily irritated.  She has convinced her doctor that she is ADD and is on medication for that.
 
I was recently out of town and got a call from her asking if she could hang out at my house.  (I thought she meant for a couple of hours to use my computer.) She ended up staying for ten days.  This meant that our elderly cat who is deathly afraid of her dog was left outside without food or water for a week.  She seemed unaware of this.  In the past, she would have cared now it is not even a blip on the radar.
 
When we returned home, she had taken a floor lamp and put it on top of the computer tower.  She seemed to think that was a neat idea even though it was very unstable and served no purpose.
 
A couple of days later she showed up at our house unannounced asking to use the computer to send an email to a co-worker and her boss.  She was angry about something.  When she asked me to read it before sending it, the last line said something about don't be surprised if this makes me go postal.  I was appalled!  She had no idea that it would be perceived as a physical threat against her fellow workers and could be grounds for termination.
 
She has lost most of her friends, those she hasn't lost are in contact with me and are very concerned.  She is driving us all crazy with her inappropriateness and lateness.  She does not honor any boundaries any longer.  She seems unaware of them.
 
She has been my touchstone throughout my life and I always could count on her.  Now I don't even know her.
 
cherylln

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/26/2006 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Cherylln
I would really seriously think of gettting her to her docs and telling him that all these things are going on if need be keep a log book on what is going on sounds to me as she may have some demetia happening and I am sure she is afraid as well.....you said he has her on meds for ADD what are they may I ask ? .....if you want to talk my email addy is there
It is so sad and horrid what this disease can do to those we love and I am sure this is eating you up you need some peeps to be able to understand your position and the feelings you are going thru........
I am here and do relate I just lost mom 6 months ago and my step dad is also suffering with this Disease........God bless and get in touch please........
Either here on boards or in an email ......Lyn
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graceannrose
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   Posted 8/26/2006 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Cheryll,

I wouldn't normally visit the Alzheimer's Board but when I saw the topic of your post 'How young can you get Alzheimer's' I found myself drawn to it.

Cheryll, I know you post on the Lyme forum, but I didn't see any post from you about your sister over there. I hope you don't mind me asking if you have considered the possibility that your sister has Lyme?

The fact that she is still so young and is displaying this kind of erratic behavior ... her lateness, the ADD, emotional instability and rage. I do know of a lady here in Missouri who was almost hospitalized for Alzheimer's before finally being diagnosed with Lyme.

Don't want to push anything on you and your sis, just wanted to suggest ruling out Lyme.

Take care Cheryll!

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   Posted 8/26/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that input I never knew about the lymes ........
I bumped some threads for you to have a look at a test is quite easliy done to determine ad........
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cherylln
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   Posted 8/26/2006 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you, Lyn and Graceann,

I have considered Lyme as the culprit.  I posted here because I don't know all that much about Alzheimer and have been wondering.  There are many conditions that mimic each other...

I have opened the door with her that maybe her "ADD" and fibromyalgia may be in fact Lyme and she seemed open to that idea.  I know that neuroborreliosis (neurological Lyme) and Alzheimer have a lot in common.

I appreciate your concern and comments and ideas.  I have been losing precious sleep over this, which I need because I myself am sick with Lyme.

Much appreciation,

Cheryll N


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   Posted 8/26/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope you get this figured out and so sorry about you and your condition as well .......If you get really stressed out which I imagine you do visit us on the Anxiety /Panic forum as well ......God Bless
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 8/26/2006 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
There is a woman who I know that has Lwey bodies disease,similar to AD,she was diagnosed at age 38 with AD at first but has recently been dx with Lewy Bodies.AD can strike at any age.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 8/27/2006 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Snowy I was hoping you would post ....How are you and Larry doing
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   Posted 8/30/2006 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi cherylln. I am sorry to hear about your sister,it seems like she is having a realy tough time of things. And of course the knock on effect is that her problems are effecting you too.

My sister was diagnosed with early dementia at the age of 52(she is 57 now) but she had been having problems for quite a while before that. She would order a taxi to take her shopping and when it arrived she would have forgotten that she ordered it. I only found this out by chance recently because I happened to speak with the taxi driver who new our family well from years ago.

There is no doubt from what you have told us that your sister has a problem,but as to if its due to dementia or not only a Doctor will know for sure. Make the apointment for her and go with her,that way you can tell the Doctor everything that has been happening.

Please come back and let us know how you both get on.


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   Posted 8/31/2006 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hoping things are going better and you have gotten an appointment for her
Hope you are feeling better as well
Again pop over to A/P when things get to stressful for you
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   Posted 9/25/2006 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
bump.......how are you doing
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   Posted 9/26/2006 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I am hoping we hear from you soon have had you in my thoughts and prayers
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