Recently Dx with Early Dementia

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   Posted 10/26/2012 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My 81 yr old father was recently Dx with Early Dementia, the dr placed him on 5 mg Aricept which he has been taking for about a week...Since taking this we have noticed he is much worse especially at night, he wakes my mother up, he is even Hallucinating .( and this all started only about 8 months ago...suddenly ...not over night.
Before The Aricept and the Dx he was mildly forgetfull and would have to be directed to things in the house, He knows everyones name and he has no problem remembering where he is going when he drives ( which he does not do often) We are stopping the Aricept , and going to start him on Namenda .
I am not sure the Hallucinations go along with the Dx , should we be looking at other Dx...?...all his blood work and Cat scan came back great.
Thanks .

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 1/24/2013 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Jeepgirl, Welcome to the forum. So sorry to hear about your father. Definately take his keys away and have him evaluated by his doctor for hallucinations. His driving skills can be tested at a freestanding medical building that tests ppl reactions to breaking, and the use of the accelerator.

It is awful to watch a parent do unusual activities and possibly hurt himself and others or get lost by wandering. He use to take care of you and now you are the caregiver. Give him lots of loving, and guidance.

Keep us posted on your family.
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