My mother began having symtoms of dementia or alzheimer's about six years ago and during this time
it has progressed. She sleeps most of the time
now and only gets up to sit at the table for a while.
I try to get her out once a week, but it's harder
getting her ready as she is very slow. Also, she takes
baby steps and going in and out of someplace takes a lot of time. If we take her to Walmart, we use one of their wheel chairs and push her around. She weighs around 88 lbs. Her normal weight is around 110. My brother is disabled and lives with her and takes such good care of her. Mom is 85 and my brother is 60. He does not drive because of an eye disease, so he takes a bus everywhere, shopping, etc. or I take him. One day my brother came home from the store and mother asked him who he was, but most of the time
she knows who he is and she knows who I am. I think
that is because we are with her more than anyone else.
She remembers her childhood and things that happened
back then and can remember some other things also.
Her short term memory is very bad. If I tell her we are going to see my sister, she will ask me about four more times over a period of ten minutes where we are going again. Do the things I have written sound more like dementia or alzheimers? We are not sure what she has.
She takes a pill daily her doctor gave her which is supposed to help her memory and I believe it has somewhat. Does anyone know any vitamins that might help her? The other day my brother put down something on the table for her to eat and she asked what it was?
She didn't know it was food? I don't think this has happened before. about a year or so before this happened to my mother, she was very ill and we noticed that she was losing weight and was very nervous and just not herself at all. We couldn't get her to go to the doctor and when we finally did, after some tests, the doctor told us that she had an overactive thyroid. She had to take a radio-active pill which was made for her by a radiation oncologist for her size and this knocked her thyroid out and then the doctor gave her pills to build it back up. Her thyroid is normal now, but I have often wondered if this could have had anything to do with the dementia or alzheimer's coming on mother. She has two sisters who are 86 and 77 and they are fine. Her mother passed away at 96 and she was fine. There is no family history of anything like this in her family. Would appreciate any input. Also, I have heard there are different stages of alzheimers and I wonder what stage mother would be in. Would appreciate any response.
Post Edited (wiggyann) : 12/2/2008 1:19:53 AM (GMT-7)