Hi there everyone,
I thought i'd start this with a bit of history...
My stepdad's mother has recently been diagnosed with alzheimers disease and I am really confused as to what to expect. I have never had to deal with someone with alzheimers before on a personal level. I used to work in a nursing home when I was 16 (I am 22 now) but I was not really aware of what the individual residents suffered from. At the moment it is just her memory that seems to be affected (She can be violent sometimes as well). There has been some trouble following the death of her husband as to where she will live. She is being pulled in 2 directions... We would like her to live in a secure residential home near us in the south of England as we believe it is in her best interests, but she is being pulled towards Scotland by a family "friend" who we believe has a hidden agenda (Although we cannot prove anything.) She is currently in a care home in Scotland after a "holiday" ended in a UTI and she was temporarily sectioned under the mental health act for asessment.
What i'd like to know is what happens next! I know that nobody has a crystal ball, but what sort of environment is best for her? Her only living family is my step-dad so surely it makes sense for her to be where he can see her regularly, yes? What drugs are out there to help with alzheimers? How does the disease progress and how long does it take?
I would be grateful for any help people can give me.