Sorry so long to respond my friend
Have been rather busy doing things with my Dad who also suffers from this horrid DD
My mom passed away March 20 2005 from co/ of and the AD........
There is so many things out there to try to help with the slowing of this DD that it is a great idea to have a neuro assess and then decide with all family or with family that will get together on her Treatment and all docs....what is next for her and for you's all and what meds might be the best to try
I believe Aricept is a great one as well as there is Nemanda as Rosie said
Once she is in a permanent place she will take some time to calm down and get adjusted to her new suroundings and her new routine ... and Rosie is right VISIT as much as you humanly are able ...you are doing alot and have alot on your plate BUT...she will love and enjoy those visits and YOU will have memories that will never be able to be taken away by anyone........... .some would say she may not realize that you are who you are or even there.....IMHO I truly believe that somewhere deep inside THEY know and feel your presence and your love and caring ..........
They are able to feel the vibes if many of the members are disagreeng IMO and will react to that either by totally withdrawing or being combative with some ppl in the NH ( staff and residents) as well as family.......
Rosie and I as well as some others did a thread a many moons ago about
things to do with them and keep the memories going I will bring it up for you and hopefully it may help some family members as well as give you some ideas for Christmas or other times when you can visit
DO not feel guilty ....there is another thread on emotions ppl may go thru also will bumpo that one for you and your family
BE proud that you are stepping up as a man and asking questions to help your loved one
Sometimes you HAVE to go to their world my friend and YS it can be hard but it is needed.......for them .....
I am so pleased and not at all surprised that you are here for your step grammy and wanting support ideas and input
You are truly an asset to HW and I know that I would ( as would others) love to have you in this " family" as well ..........
As Rosie said we are always here for one another thru the good the bad and the really bad and we look forward to you being here with us my friend......
I am sorry for the reasons as I know from experience what this DD does to many ppl families and of course the ones stricken with it .....they are lost scared and sometimes feel so isolated and alone .......
That I believe is this disease as well .....so many faucets to this Alheimers it is unbelievable at times ...just when you THINK you have a handle on things .....WHAM....something else hits .........
KNOW we are definitely here for you plz
STAY with us and read Padraigs thread the first one .......it will give you some insight as to what he has done for G Jean these last yrs and the reason I love him as my mentor and my friend .......
Be well and take care
TTY again soon .........LUVS
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