My 61-year-old mom faces early alzheimers and has OCD

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Dodder
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   Posted 8/28/2006 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to come to terms with my wonderful mother's sudden onset of apparent early alzheimer's disease and would like to hear some advice from a) others with a friend or relative who has been diagnosed this young, b) people who know something about co-occuring alzheimers and OCD.  Mom has always had OCD but would never admit it, but since the alzheimer's symptoms, her OCD is getting worse!  She refused to hug her best friend of 35 years this week whom she only sees a couple times a year because she had just taken a shower and her friend had been camping.  She could not see how this was hurtful to her friend who feels my mom's personality is becomming more flat and elderly.  Her decline is quite upsetting to all who know and love her but my mom is in total denial about it and seems happy as a lark.  I guess that should make us glad but we feel alone in our grief which feels even more painful.  I feel like our relationship is becomming more shallow as I am told you aren't supposed to say, "Mom, you told me that three times already," or "It scares me how much you are changing" so we just talk behind her back and hope she isn't around to hear because she thinks she's fine.  This is all new to me and we are early in the diagnoses stage, so any suggestions would be much appreciated.  She got her Master's degree just two years ago and graduated with honors and now her brain has been failing her in different ways for the past 9 months or so which we are still just stunned by.  My dad's heart aches as he anticipates a retirement very different from the one he envisioned.  This is not a club I wanted to be a part of, but thank you for any thoughts!  Blessings...

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   Posted 8/28/2006 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in late 1997 with EOAD.I faced it was put on medication & kept on going.
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   Posted 8/29/2006 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome ...I went thru this with my Mom (passed away 6 months ago) and now going thru it with Step dad..........It is heartbreaking to say the least
You need to have her properly Dx by a doctor and then she can be treated.........
This DD robs us of our loved ones .........Read Padraigs story on here ........If you need to talk please email me or add me to your messenger ........My info is there at the bottom of name .......also there are resources at the side in Yellow that may also be of some help..........Please keep posting and let us know ho w you are doing ........God Bless.......Lyn
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   Posted 8/30/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 8/31/2006 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Dodder ........How are you making out and how is your mother doing........
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   Posted 9/6/2006 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope to hear from you soon
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   Posted 9/7/2006 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dodder ....we are wondering how you are making out ...hoping you post and let us just know how you are and how your Mom is .........God Bless.....
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   Posted 9/30/2006 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Dodder how you making out ....better I surely do hope and pray ..
Thinking about you
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