When do you have them evaluated for Alzheimers?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 7/17/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My gma has been getting worse.  She has not been diagnosed yet with Alzheimers or any other form of dementia but her mind is definately going somewhere.  I am sort of depressed writing this because when my gma moved in with me 3 years ago, she had all of her mental faculties.  But within those 3 years, her mental state has slowly been declining.  At what point do you take your loved ones to see a doctor for this?  Who would I take her too, who would I talk to?  She has a universal insurance so she can go almost anywhere.  Plus I have the problem of approaching her with this problem.  She doesn't feel there is anything wrong with her mind or her actions. 
 
Some of the latest things she has been doing is emotional outbursts such as crying over something silly one minute to being elated the next.  She is at loss for words like today, she was trying to tell me she was washing a quilt but she couldn't think of the word quilt so she said that fluffy thing over there (this is just an example because there are more words she is at a loss for).  If she is in unfamiliar territory, her confusion is more profound.  My hubby even seen her the other day pocketing her pills - so I've been keeping an eye on her since then.  She is always losing things in her room and I would help her tear her room apart to look for it only to find it in the most unusual places.
 
I believe the time is approaching for me to seek help for her but I'm at a loss as to where to start.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa, 6MP, Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra, Sudafed, Nasonex, Pantenol
Plagued by cysts - meds - Prometrium for an ovarian cyst
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


SnowyLynne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 7/17/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Make an appointment with her family Dr then as for a referral to a Neurologist for testing.There are meds out they that can help her.
SnowyLynne


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 7/17/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I thought so, but how would I approach her to get her to the doctors? Should I tell her the truth or lie to get her in there?


 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa, 6MP, Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra, Sudafed, Nasonex, Pantenol
Plagued by cysts - meds - Prometrium for an ovarian cyst
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


SnowyLynne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 7/17/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe you can tell her her insurance wants her to have a check up.The truth would cause you the biggest headache you've ever had.You'll learn to tell little fiblets as time goes by.Make any excuse you can to get her to the Dr.It might be good if you can talk to his nurse telling her what's going on as you don't want to address this in front of her at the Drs.Write down everything she does,can or cannot do then give it to the nurse & she can let the Dr know ahead of time what's going on......I would do this ASAP!
SnowyLynne


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 7/18/2007 2:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Red
I totally agree with Snowy on this and my heart thoughts and prayers are with you
This is a DD that robs us so quickly of those we love

Keep us posted hun please and get her there anyway you are able as Snowy posted
Sometimes we have to tell little fibs to get them proper care .......

Sounds like she needs it now ..

I am so sorry

Luvs
LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
 Your Mind is like a Parachute...Works better when IT IS Open
 
 Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
             EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
 Walk With Us We Will Take your Hand .......
 
  
                                  


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 7/18/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much! She has surgery scheduled tomorrow for a kidney nephrostomy tube and kidney stent replacement in which she may be in the hospital for a little bit. But as soon as she recovers from that, I will take her in to her family doc.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa, 6MP, Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra, Sudafed, Nasonex, Pantenol
Plagued by cysts - meds - Prometrium for an ovarian cyst
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


SnowyLynne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 7/18/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow,the anesthetic can also cause problems if she does have dementia.Clue in the surgeon if you can at the poss.she has dementia............
SnowyLynne


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 7/18/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
The last time she had surgery on her bladder she definately had a reaction to the anesthia. She was very delirious and out of it - that was the first time I had seen her that bad. Kind of freaked me out a bit. Eventually she came out of it but it took about 4 days. But I will bring this up to the doc too.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa, 6MP, Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra, Sudafed, Nasonex, Pantenol
Plagued by cysts - meds - Prometrium for an ovarian cyst
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 7/19/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
For sure make sure they KNOW she may have Demetia
It will and can make it worse
This may also be a a good time to have Neurologist...Geriontologist ........check her out

My heart thoughts and prayers are with you and her

Luvs
LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
 Your Mind is like a Parachute...Works better when IT IS Open
 
 Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
             EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
 Walk With Us We Will Take your Hand .......
 
  
                                  


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 7/20/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Her surgeries went well and I talked to the anesthia doc about her mental confusion with general anesthia so he did a spinal block on her instead. She came out and she was mentally "intact". We were there for a long time and she thought she was there for over a day but other then that, she did real well. When she's feeling better, I am going to take her to the family doc to see where he recommends I take her for evaluation.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc since '92 - meds - Colazal, Canasa, 6MP, Forvia, Biotin (IN REMISSION!)
Secondary Raynauds Syndrome '04  - meds - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia '06 - no meds
Severe seasonal allergies - meds - Allegra, Sudafed, Nasonex, Pantenol
Plagued by cysts - meds - Prometrium for an ovarian cyst
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 7/21/2007 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Please keep us informed Red

In my heart thoughts and prayers

So happy surgury went well for your GMA
Luvs
LYN


    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  

Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/30/2007 11:56:16 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/6/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
How is your GMA doing Red........
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/21/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
BUMPING for RED to see how she is doing

LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


SnowyLynne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 9/21/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad the Dr did a spinal on her..........
SnowyLynne


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/22/2007 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Ya me too Snowy ...........better for her all around IMHO.................

Take care

LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 9/28/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Lyn - I just seen that you asked about my gma's welfare. Health wise she is doing subperb - no more infections in her bladder or kidneys. Her tubes are great though she did spring a leak in her kidney bag - oh what a nightmare trying to find a replacement! I haven't taken her in for evaluation yet because I've had some health issues of my own that I'm trying to contend with. It makes it hard on me because I am her sole caregiver but I know that if the caregiver is ill then the caregiver will be of no use to the care receiver.

Mentally she still has her moments of confusion. She also is quite sad lately because she has no friends and she sits in her room or hides in the yard and cries. I feel so bad when she has these moments because there is really nothing for me to do. I have looked into senior centers but all the activities they do require sight and my gma is almost blind due to macular degeneration. I even mentioned to my gma about the possibility of moving into an assisted living senior community (that has Alzheimers and Dementia care) where she could be with her peers but she didn't want that. She doesn't want to leave me nor did I want her to really, I want to make her happy.

Do you have any suggestions as to what craft she would be able to do that doesn't require much vision? I think that if I gave her something to do or make that it make her a bit happier.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


SnowyLynne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 1539
   Posted 9/28/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
i can say from experience in seeing what happens to other caregivers if the don't take time for themselves.
65% die befroe the LO as they either won't can't or refuse to take respite time away from the person with dementia.The sooner you get her evaluated & get her on meds.the better.If you wait too long they may not help.You may have to take a hard line with her or she will never let you go.
SnowyLynne


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/29/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Red

I am in total agreement with Snowy
'I looked after Mom til she passed and now am looking after dad

Unfortunately .....I have gotten pneumonia so I HAD to call the other siblings to come hellp ......they dont look after him IMHO like they should but I will be getting better with resting

Please get her evaluted as soon as you ARE feeling better hun and PLEASE let us know

LUVS
LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


Red_34
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23416
   Posted 9/29/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lyn and Snowy. I can't rely on my brothers to care for my gma until I get better. They're heavy alcoholics unfortunately. No other family either. My husband can help while he is here but he works afternoons so he's not much help when it comes to gma. I have no one really to call for back up.

I have a procedure scheduled in October that may cure most of my woes so when that is over I plan on taking her in.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
PLEASE HELP HEALINGWELL CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS BY CLICKING HERE: DONATE
@--->--Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC--<---@
 
 
 
 

 
 


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/30/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear ya about the alcoholics in the family most in mine are as well .........I have been sober now since 1979 ...............

I am glad Hubby can help but you knoew your self IF you get too stressed out over all of this you will not be having the procedure........Right??

Please know YOU are part of the AD family as well hun and we want to know how your GMA is as well as you ..........

My heart thoughts and prayers are with you on this procedure as well

about a craft......have you thought of having her do a Collage of BIG pics of the family ,kids grandkids ect pets .......all of it on a piece of bristol board too may be a thought ........

I will bump a thread we did a couple yrs back on some crafts and things we did ......hoping something will help out

Take care hun and remember we are here for you

Luvs
LYN.
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


pr glo
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 78
   Posted 7/7/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
The first thing you should do is see her Primary Doctor then have them either refer
 you to a memory loss doctor to have an MRI done and bloodwork with that they should be able to let you know what's what and what you can do I have been going through the same with my aunt and we waited a long time years with just saying she keeps forgetting things, she repeats herself, she put the phone in the fridge instead of hanging it up etc, etc all because no one wanted to face the facts and handle the situation I know it's very difficult but there are meds to help her and the longer you wait the more things progress you want to at least be able to enjoy her a bit longer so getting the correct meds are the key dosage and meds take a while to find the right dosage and medicine . My aunt was diagnosed in january 2008 and has progressed quickly because she doesn't want to take her meds. I will be very honest I understand that you might be the only once to care for your grandmother but you are going to need some help because it is very, emotionally, physically, mentally and fiancially draining you need a break or you will be no good to no one even if its just to talk to some one. Good Luck and if you need to talk or have any questions let me know. Keep me posted on everything.PR Glo  

Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 7/10/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I looked after BOTH parents and I was okay even when sick I still muddled thru
YES you need to be able to look after self as well ...IMHO

Red I know this has to be heartbreaking for you
Know we do think of you and her daily and I am always sending out lotsa love and prayers

LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
                                    Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                  Moderator @ Anxiety Panic..Alzheimer's..Co mod @ Crohns
                                    FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
               Look For The GOOD,Even At Your Lowest 
   
 
                   
 


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 10/25/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
BUMP
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
                                    Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
Moderator @ Alzheimer's,Co Mod @ Anxiety/ Panic,Co Mod @ Crohns 
 
                                    FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
               Look For The GOOD,Even At Your Lowest
 
     Listen To Your Heart,Look Inside Yourself,Understand You
 
 
 
                    


odettesmom
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2004
Total Posts : 274
   Posted 10/27/2008 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
do INSIST on the gp referring her to a specialist. when my mother was beginning to "lose it" i called her gp and he had her go in for a blood pressure check. she seemed fine at the time, so the doctor and i dropped any further checks. about 2 weeks later, she got in her car and wound up a few states away. she went into a nursing home where she was diagnosed w/lewy bodies dimentia. i regret not being more forceful about getting a diagnosis for her sooner. linda

Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 10/27/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I know you will do all you can and have for her Red
YOU are great and I wish more were like you with their loved ones

Respecfully
Your friend
LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
                                    Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
Moderator @ Alzheimer's,Co Mod @ Anxiety/ Panic,Co Mod @ Crohns 
 
                                    FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
    We Have Anxiety / Panic ..Anxiety / Panic DO NOT have US 
 You have To Have Some Laughter as Well as Those Tears IMHO         
 
    
 
 
 
                    

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, December 06, 2016 7:09 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,733,446 posts in 301,122 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151259 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, dolly23.
282 Guest(s), 10 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Cigafred, Hol1979, dolly23, Stanislav, pmm73, maria2016, Traveler, Jean123!, trumpet123, (Seashell)


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer