Problems with balance for mom

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   Posted 10/5/2006 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
My mom has alzheimers and has been on a steady decline.... She still gets around though and i take her out and take her shopping etc.
Lately (last few days) she does this weird thing where her body tilts backwards when she walks and i'm worried she'll fall. Its like when you have a child by the hand and are trying to drag them along and their body goes backwards to resist.... thats how she walks sometimes. She has fallen a couple times in the past (one time she missed the chair and she fell a couple days ago but not sure how).
So i've been trying to follow her around the house and my dad has been trying to keep an eye on her too but i'm so worried she'll fall in an instant when no one is watching her. I don't have help yet (thats another issue on which i want to ask for advice...... how to get a home health careworker and what the costs are as i can't afford too much :()
If anyone has any thoughts on how to help with her balance..... i'd appreciate it :-)
Thanks in advance to all.

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   Posted 10/5/2006 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
What medications is she on?

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   Posted 10/5/2006 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Aricept. She also takes Lipitor for cholestrol and quinapril for blood pressure. I've been giving her some melatonin to help her sleep at night and shes been on that for several months now and she does well on it.
She tends to get shaky etc after a fall i've noticed..... not just for a little bit but it can last for a few days. I wonder if this has something to do with her falling..... I don't know. She's going to go see her doc again as i'm trying to schedule an appt now. I just don't know how much they can do with the balace issue. I wish she would carry her cane or maybe a walker. I'm looking right now to see if they make "children's walkers" lol..... just something smaller cause my mom is tiny. Even if i find her a walker though she will forget to use it some of the time.

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   Posted 10/6/2006 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
It may be one of man problems she is dealing with.
I truly think a total going over by family Doctor is in order in case she has an ear infection( would / could throw Eqilibrium off )
I believe she is scared hence the shaking after the falls .
More recently you said she fell backwards hurting her back.......this could have done some serious damage to her spine or coxic
As for the eating perhaps many small portions thru out the day would help out with this
Really I believe a Doc's visit is most essential right now
Yes I know here in Canada a Home care support Worker would be gotten in thru the doc's referral
I know of many here that have some in 3 to 5 hrs per day that comes im 7 days weekly
Also talk to the doc about this whilst there
I hope you get some help and your Mom
Please post and let us know how things go Okay
Take care and God Bless'
Keeping you n family in my thoughtas and Prayers

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 10/6/2006 4:20:23 AM (GMT-6)

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