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Wed, Jun 19 11:52am · Caregiving: I’m frustrated and exhausted. in Caregivers

I can truly sympathize, even though my situation is different from yours (dementia and a stroke). I find myself sighing a lot, even when I don't need to. I am so frustrated with the total lack of support or understanding from my husband's family. I feel very trapped some days and find it difficult to keep up with friends, much less see them. I would love to take a break away from my husband, just to regroup, but this seems very unlikely/impossible. So far, my health is holding up, but I am on more meds than before and some days that is not enough. I guess I am venting, too, as well as sympathizing. Try to find some time for yourself. I go to book club about once every 6 weeks. That's not much, but it helps. I take our dog for a walk at least once a day. I'm out, but nearby. I hope you can find help with your caregiving. We all feel overwhelmed, sometimes, and other caregivers understand. Feel free to vent any time!

Thu, Feb 28 9:37am · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

Thank you! I had not thought of Nest, specifically and didn’t realize there wasn’t a fee to use it.

Tue, Feb 26 2:12pm · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

Thank you! I’ll look into that brand. I appreciate your recommendation!

Tue, Feb 26 12:14pm · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

Thank you! I did think about that, but I need to keep an eye on him if I’m grocery shopping, etc. I’m looking at Consumer Reports ratings, but wish someone could tell me how they like an indoor security camera.

Tue, Feb 26 10:21am · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

I’m not sure where to start a post, but need help. Again. My husband has dementia-like issues after viral encephalitis was disgnosed in Jan. 2012. He has now started to sleep-walk and of course, doesn’t remember it. Last night he must have been up for some time and had opened closet doors, messed up tax papers on my desk, moved other things around and looked for food. I am a very light sleeper, but was exhausted and didn’t hear him. I need to get some kind of camera system for our house that connects to my phone. I will need at least two cameras and an alarm on my phone to alert me. Has anyone else done this? I wast to proceed assp.

Dec 19, 2018 · Happy Holidays to all Caregivers and thier Patients in Caregivers

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

Oct 6, 2018 · Caregiver for spouse with MCI (Mild cognitive impairment) in Caregivers: Dementia

Hi! My husband has dementia-like symtoms from viral encephalitis. He began having driving issues before the encephalitis was diagnosed. He was always misplacing things, so I said his keys were lost. After diagnosis at Mayo, he was told not to drive, but didn’t remember it. His neurologist here suggested driving tests at a nearby hospital. He also failed the tests.
As to getting physical, he doubled up his fist once and I got mad at him and told him if he ever raised his hand to me again, I would call the police! That may not be something you can say to your husband, but you may want to let your local police know his diagnosis before you might need to call them. I would also tell his doctors about him being physical with you. In addition, I think you should see about guardianship. In our case, my husband did sign power of attorney, in case he needed my help explaining things to the doctors. Do what you can to keep yourself safe (if not sane all of the time, lol) and to be able to have his doctors talk to you. The list of concerns is a good way to inform any of his doctors!

Oct 3, 2018 · Overwhelmed in Caregivers: Dementia

Don’t ever worry about long posts. We all have a lot to say, sometimes. Maybe you could ask friends from the church to come “visit”, especially after surgery. In my case, I’m thinking of having someone come in and be with him and introduce the person as an old friend of mine. After all, visitors are way more accepted than someone offering care. Sanity breaks are definitrly needed, but rest is needed, too. Take care of you!