i have some questions regarding alzheimers and memory loss.

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   Posted 5/27/2012 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi Everyone,
  My grandmother is 91. A few years ago she starting forgetting things. Example... If she turned the heat down or turned the stove off. Its now at the point shes not remembering if she turned the heat on 40 times a day, or asks whats for dinner every 10 minutes thru the day. Its her saying oh your here after she wakes from a nap. when my moms been there for 4 hours. its her thinking other people are someone else. Its grammy thinking she already ate whens she didnt.
  The question I have is, is this Alzheimers or dementia? My family is in denile that its just memory loss. I think its much more than that.
I knew a woman at the age of 99 who had no memory issues at all. I'm just concerned. No one is listening to me in my family to get her checked out further and my youngest aunt is the caregiver to my grandmother and she lives with her and its getting worse and worse.
Thanks for any advice...

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   Posted 5/28/2012 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Dementia is very common in the elderly. The odds of someone losing their memory as they age are great. For some, it's a fact of aging...unfortunately. I don't want to sound harsh, because believe me, I have been there with my grandmother. But your grandmother is 91...she is at the end stage of life. Is she in pain? Discomfort? If not, then it might be wise just to let it run it's course. The medication they take for dementia tend to have side effects and you have to ask yourself....do you want to have your grandmother go thru the side effects for a medicine that may or may not work? Please understand that I say this sincerely (since it's hard to understand the tone in a post). I know this is rough...especially if it's someone you truly care about. No one wants to see someone they love suffer in any way or form. But if she already has a caretaker and if that caretaker IS taking care of her than that is the important thing.
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   Posted 5/28/2012 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
hi sherry,
thank you so much for your information :-) its just hard to see her like that. she always said once her mind started to go then she wanted to go to heaven. i wish her wish came true for her. she is ready but god keeps her here. i'm blessed to still have my grammy. i love her so much. getting older and seeing ones you love get older its tough to handle at times.
thanks again for writting me :-)

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   Posted 5/29/2012 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jovigirl -- yes, this is very tough. My Mother has dementia, and she knows that her memory is failing. She doesn't remember anything, so we just say she lives in the moment. I'm glad that there is someone who is taking care of her and watching over her. I agree with Sherry that at this point, the doctors probably wouldn't be able to do anything except give her a med which would have side effects. The one good thing taking her to the doctor would be if she wasn't feeling good or was in pain -- which she might not even realize. My sister took my Mom in to have some skin cancer removed, and she didn't remember that it was done. She couldn't figure out why her arm hurt. She can still carry on a conversation but as you said, we go over the same thing again and again. It took the family a long time to accept that she lives in the moment, but now that we do; we just go with it. Take care, and what a wonderul granddaugther you are! Oh, one more thing -- is try and bring up memories from long ago, for some reason their long-term memory is better than short term.

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   Posted 5/29/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lonie,

My sister always has my grandmother tell stories of the past and she'll remember them like it was yesterday :-) Its so wonderful to hear the stories and it makes her so happy. I just adore and love her much, hard to see her like this. I'm taking in all the advice and possitive thoughts :-)

Thank you for writing me

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   Posted 8/4/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Very sad that many people have to finish life this way. I often wonder who has it worse the person with the illness or the ones who have to watch it happen.

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   Posted 8/5/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know anyone with alzheimers personaly, but found cures for many things.
Aluminum has been found in blood with alzheimers, this means you have to detox the body.herbal Liver and kidney cleanse. Drink lots of water!
If you had a programable frequency generator you would program these frequency's.
Alzheimers_1 (also see ALS sets) - 430, 620, 624, 840, 866, 5148, 2213, 19180.5, 742.4, 303, 23.2, 3773.3, 943.3, 471.66, 470.9, 941.8, 3767.3
Alzheimers_2 – 19180.5, 2213, 5148, 866, 840, 624, 620, 430
Alzheimers_TR – 430, 620, 624, 866, 5148, 2213, 1918, 742.4, 303 , 23.2, 2900, 864, 790, 690, 610, 470, 484, 986, 644, 254, 30, 33, 6
This detoxes the body, stimulates nerve cells, kills parasites.
Ive cured from macular degeneration with whats called the VariZapper, frequency generator.
you can program the above fz with a varigamma.
  colloidal gold, sold in most health food stores, rejuvenates detioration in the brain.
surf the web, for varizapper/gamma, microcurrent and herbal cleanses.
alzheimers can be cured! rolleyes

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   Posted 8/6/2012 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I worked in the Alzheimer's ward and Dementia ward in the Nursing Home I had employment at. In all honesty, it sounds like she has dementia, not Alzheimer's as she still recognizes you. From my experience, the patients with Alzheimer's were in their own world - didn't recognize us, didn't know their own name, didn't recognize family, and eventually they forgot how to even speak and feed themselves. We had to feed them when it was advanced, change them (as they also forgot how to use a restroom), dress them, do everything for them.
In the experience with my working in the Dementia ward, as well as my maternal grandmother that I solely took care of, and now my paternal grandparents that I assist with daily living now has been more stable. I have seen the dementia people able to dress themselves, sometimes forget whom we are, remember us sometimes, get us confused, use the restroom, bathe, feed themselves, and of course all their confusement
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   Posted 10/3/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My mother's memory has been getting progressively worse over the past 3 years or so. She is now in the Alzheimer's wing at the care center though never diagnosed. I have just recently found out about how years of cholesterol-lowering medication can steal your memory, and I firmly believe this is what happened to her. You HAVE to have cholesterol for brain function, and dementia is becoming a well-known side effect of the medication. If she has been on that miserable stuff, check out spacedoc.com for a world of information. Since she's been off of it, we no longer have "circular" conversations over the same stuff every few minutes. Her memory is still full of holes, but she IS some better.

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   Posted 10/11/2012 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Im a granddaughter too, in a similar boat. It is pretty early on,but the meds have run their course and it is catch-up time. She was still living alone up until summer. She was diagnosed with lung ca. So someone is always there now. First for surgery, then because of chemo. She still sees herself as living on her own. So I have until January/February to figure out how to get family to recognize. It is frustrating, lonely. It has taken alot not to turn this into a big family drama. (I tend to speak my mind). The thought of that negativity being around my gma makes me keep my feelings to myself. I have had an aunt lead me to believe that she was staying her nite (first after 3 nites in her bed) w/ gma (Dr.s told us very specificly that she couldnt be left alone at all for the first week)---she dropped her off at her house after picking her up from hospital then she left her to go see her bf that she had been with the last 3 nites....really....She is now the one staying with gma and carrying her to her second chemo treatment and nursing her the next couple weeks. I am down with my chronic condition. I keep in touch reg. but I have given my aunt the opportunity to be there for her mother and to get a better understanding about her dementia(alz).
Even family can be strange at times.
Hanging in there like a monkey on a vine, knowing that through this journey; there is something positive to find.
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