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Tue, Jan 28 10:55am · Are dementia meds really helping? in Caregivers: Dementia

He seems to have no side effects to any of his meds. We have discussed whether or not to continue meds with his doctor who says, it’s hard to tell. It could be worse, so let’s continue with present plan. I guess, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Sun, Jan 26 10:00pm · Are dementia meds really helping? in Caregivers: Dementia

My husband has been using Exelon patches and taking Namenda for several years with an MCI diagnosis . When he asks , “What’s that for?” and I tell him it’s for his memory, he says, “Well it’s not working!” He seems to be right. His memory continues to decline. But, maybe it could be worse, so I’m afraid to stop it. Is there a point at which you can know the meds are no longer slowing the process? Is there a point when you can know MCI has progressed to Alzheimer’s?

Wed, Jan 15 9:30am · Tips for transition to incontinence? in Caregivers: Dementia

My MIL would never have chosen Depends over her own underwear. So I removed all her pretty things, leaving only the Depends. Not having to make choices or decisions is always helpful. That didn’t solve all the issues, but definitely helped.

Sat, Jan 11 11:35pm · MCI: Huge timesaver for finding all those lost things! in Caregivers: Dementia

I too am hearing impaired. The first ones we had were not as loud as the newer ones are. Newer ones also have batteries that can be replaced after a year. The Tile app on your phone which sends the signal also has a circular image which fills in, getting greener as you get nearer the lost Tile.
Tiles also ping each other whenever you are near someone else who has a Tile, so if he had left his keys at a restaurant and someone nearby also had a Tile, my phone app would indicate where his keys Tile was last pinged.
Their website probably gives a much clearer explanation than I do.

Dec 30, 2019 · MCI: Huge timesaver for finding all those lost things! in Caregivers: Dementia

Friends like them, but just wanted to share with caregiver friends who spend lots of time searching for lost items too.

Dec 29, 2019 · MCI: Huge timesaver for finding all those lost things! in Caregivers: Dementia

I can’t begin to tell you how much time I have spent in the 12 years since my husband first exhibited symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment, searching for lost keys, wallet, etc. A couple of years ago our son & wife gifted me with a couple of Tiles to put on our key rings. Woah! Downloaded the Tile app to my phone and BINGO! I can track down the keys, even if he hides them under the mattress! Now we have one on keys, in his wallet, my keys ( which he sometimes puts in a “safe” place), TV remote, & spare key to open dead bolt from inside. Now if they just made one for his glasses 😜. AND… I can find my phone from any of those Tiles. A real timesaver!

Oct 20, 2019 · Dementia and Independence in Caregivers: Dementia

There is something available at a local church, but I haven’t been brave enough to broach the subject with him yet. 🥴