Would you recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's?

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    We know what you’re thinking: I’m too young to have Alzheimer’s. And you may very well be. But we’d also put money on the fact that Pat Summitt thought the same thing. She’s the head coach of the University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball team—and has won more games than anyone—male or female—in college hoops history. Earlier this year at age 59, she was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

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    http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/would-you-recognize-the-early-signs-of-alzheimers-2572892/
     
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  3. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    I just read this. I shouldn't have. I know I'm a bit of a hypochondriac but lately I've had trouble remembering names; I opened the oven door...looking for trash bags and turned on the microwave without putting what I wanted to warm in it yet.

    Scary.
     
  4. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    My dad is convinced he has dementia (he's 83) because he cannot remember what you tell him and has to ask twice. Believe me when I tell you that he is exactly the same as he has been for the past 50+ years, he does not pay attention the first time. :)

    Alzheimer's is a horrible disease, and IMHO.
     
  5. Lexiintoronto

    Lexiintoronto Well-Known Member

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    My late mother had Parkinson's with dementia. She went into late stage at around age 75, but I investigated and found she first noticed problems with her memory around the age of 40. I found she sought help for it through doctors, but then seemed to have chosen to ignore it.

    You can't stop the progression of the disease, but you can manage the symptoms. You have to exercise your body *and* your mind.

    I finished chemo late last year and still have a bit of 'chemo brain'.

    What's helping with me are games such as 'brain age', online checkers and other online tests that require thinking under the pressure of a timer.
     
  6. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    I would recognize the signs, but I can't remember what they are.

    (My maternal grandfather died of Alzheimer's complications and my mother is in a fairly advanced stage. You'd better believe we joke about Alzheimer's in my family.)
     
  7. tezi

    tezi Member of Websleuths since 2000.

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    My FIL is in the early stages. I can't get his doctor to listen though. I know soon that one of us is going to have to take the big step and explain to him that he has to have someone live with him.

    Nova, we joke about it in our family too. Tom's uncle had it and his aunt (she has a special reward coming for all she put up from him) took care of him until he died, all by herself. Oh, the things she went through!
     
  8. Jenni979

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    My father is 79 & in the early stages... They have him on some new medication & it seems to be helping, but the Dr said that we can expect to see the meds do all they can within 18 months, then it is just a slow downhill... 8-(
     
  9. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    I'm so sorry, Jenni and Tezi. Although she somehow manages to live by herself in an "assisted living" facility, my mother no longer knows whether she speaks to any of us or not. As you would expect, it makes maintaining a relationship impossible.
     
  10. angela

    angela New Member

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    Oh, I'm the same way. I'm not sure I have it but I think other people think I do. The other day I called my daughter by my dog's name. I chalk a lot of it up to a hectic job and stress but I worry myself sometimes. I'm horrible with names.
     
  11. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    May I just interject this please?


    If you are concerned about a loved one exhibiting signs of dementia

    PLEASE take away their keys/ disable their vehicle

    We have had THREE cases in the past couple years here of dementia patients getting on the interstate going the wrong way and killing not only themselves but THREE innocent other drivers.

    I have had this discussion with my dad and step-mom - that if in my opinion they are unsafe to drive, I will make arrangements for them to go anywhere they want to go - but take away their keys. I could not live with the guilt these three surviving families have to deal with.
     
  12. Jenni979

    Jenni979 Member

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    No worries, here... My Mom took away his driving privilages & keys a LONG time ago. He digs it; it's like having his own personal driver! :cool:
     
  13. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    It's a really hard discussion to have with a parent - really hard. But I love my dad and step mom and they understand that it was all said out of love.
     
  14. gogrannypop

    gogrannypop Call Me Butter, I'm On A Roll

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    My mom is 76 and got lost driving 3 miles from home on two occasions. she will not drive now. Unfortunately she lives 2500 miles from me and will not move up here with me.

    I would appreciate any advice on this subject. She is so...darn...stubborn.
     
  15. marycarney

    marycarney Inactive

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    I'm assuming she lives where you grew up? Do you have any contacts in the area where she lives?
     
  16. ChasingMoxie

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    My uncle and grandfather on my dad's side went completely batty, and my mother on my mom's side has no idea who any of us are anymore. I am drinking as much red wine as I can to fend off the inevitable. :crazy:

    Seriously, though, I do try to be mindful of the foods that I eat with regard to whole body health, including berries, spinach, and turmeric every morning and regular intake of beans, greens, and Monterrey Bay Aquarium safe-listed seafood. I've read the research, and hopefully good choices now will help once I'm near bonkers. It's imperative to keep some humor about it when it's overtaken so many family members - if we couldn't laugh about grandma every once in a while we'd be a pretty dour bunch.
     
  17. DollyPardonMe

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    May I say it is not only the person that is showing the signs of Alzheimers that are in denial. Siblings look the other way too! My mother has been slowly going downhill since before my Dad died. She calls everyone by a different name and everyone laughs. She throws away food. Not funny because I replenish her fridge! I used to work in an assisted living facility and I know what to look for. It's not just the forgetfullness. Their body functions and organs eventually forget too! That's what they usually end up dying from. I know her bladder is going because My sister says..Oops, Mom didnt make it to the potty <laugh, laugh> They think it's just old age. They don't sit with her all weekend like I do and listen to her stories from 1945. Oh, and another thing. She was OK for years. No abuse. But now that she is regressing the abuse has started again. The emotional and verbal anyway. She doesn't have the strength to hit me like she used too! LOL
     
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    We were told to give my grandson Omega 3 for his ADHD. The Doc said it will help his brain power. I understand it is also good for preventing dementia.

    http://www.omega3-foods.info/benefits-of-omega-3-fatty-acids/boost-brain-power-with-omega-3.html
     
  19. Peazzzer

    Peazzzer I hate liars. Hate em.

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    Wow. I have thought about Alz since I started taking bp meds this spring, I draw such a complete blank at times. I have Always been forgetfull but its diff. now. Anyway, my kids hated it but we have had the talk about me and how I want to live out my golden years, and what my wishes are. I am getting a living will as well as a will. Eek. But its the responsible thing for me to do,imo.
     
  20. tiredblondy

    tiredblondy New Member

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    Is one of the signs finding your phone in the refrigerator? I've done that twice now.
     
  21. teedie2

    teedie2 Well-Known Member

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    Phone in the fridge? That's not bad ... I opened the fridge door to put my ironing board in it. And I was in my 20's then!

    Anyone forget what they are going to say and do, and have to go back to where they were when the decided to say or do it, and the thought comes right back to you then. It's like you walked away and left the thought behind.

    I can't think of anyone in my family, on either side, who has had Alzlheimer's. Hope to not break the chain.

    Dang, that Johnny Depp is a handsome guy. I'm NEVER going to change my avatar!
     

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