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Julie Chitwood (@billchitwood)

Spouse with cognitive problems and finances

Caregivers: Dementia | Last Active: Dec 30, 2022 | Replies (290)

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Hi Coleen, I’m feeling better today knowing that I am no longer alone,
thank you.

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Hi @janet7, I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation. Please trust that you will do what has to be done. My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nearly three years ago, but I knew something was wrong before that. He withdrew from social activities and was not using the proper words to express himself. It was difficult coming to terms with his diagnosis because he had always been so on top of things and I depended on him. I started taking more responsibilities reluctantly and he was eager to hand things over to me – like our finances, house maintenance, etc. I really hated doing everything, but I knew I had to. Now, three years later, he has no short term memory, but other than that, functions pretty well. I 'm managing okay. He has a good disposition and appreciates all I do. He broke his hip in a fall about six weeks ago and that thrust me into another panic of uncertainty, but we've both come out of it okay. Throughout all this I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, which was quite debilitating for a year, before diagnosis and treatment. That's how I found Connect which has been a great help. As @colleenyoung mentioned take each day one at a time. Try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by all that has to be done, break it down into manageable tasks in terms of their importance. Ask for help when you need it and find ways to take care of yourself. All the best, Teri

Hi Coleen, having sign-in troubles after I just found the Mayo app and you.

I am asking my husband if he would be interested in an experimental study
for Alzheimer’s/Dementia. We just went to his doctor and she said there
were no more meds available for Dementia but I read meds for Alzheimer’s
does help with Dementia. It’s worth a try!
Have you heard of this before?