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Jan 18, 2018 · Mild Alzheimer's and working in Caregivers: Dementia

My husband is 70 and diagnosed 4 years ago. He has taken meds since his diagnosis and does well staying home while I work ( am younger than him). I worry that he does not stimulate his brain. He has always been an introvert but now has closed himself off from most people. I would like to see him find a part time job that would require him to have a regular routine but limited hours. Does anyone have a spouse with ALZ that works and if you do what type of employment? I can’t get him to get involved in any church or social functions, I thought working a minimal job might get him involved with other people and help with his depression. Any thoughts? or suggestions?

May 10, 2017 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers: Dementia

Your husband sounds a lot like mine. He is beginning to see driving can be an issue. The remote, putting things away, that is all where he is at. We live in a country setting and I am moving into to town so that he has more exposure to parks and places that he and walk. We rescured a little dog two years ago and that has been the best thing we did. He is very attached and cares for him like a child, it gives him a sense of purpose. We have IPhone’s and have for some time. I would not change his phone, he can’t really doesn’t understand it but he can call and text. I like it because of the “find my phone” app it allows me to track wherever he is, even when he is in the neighborhood. I don’t have any advice on what to do……I’m still trying to figure that one out myself and I doubt I ever will. I pray…a lot…..and follow my instincts. I ask for help from friends and prayer and try to communicate with him as best I can….even when it is frustrating. There are times I do get angry with him, and then feel terrible because I know he can’t help it. However, you cannot forget you are spouses and there are times when you both have to be reminded of that. I don’t yell, or stomp or get mad, but I do let him know at times that he can make better choices to take care of himself or do things to lessen the symptions. God Bless

May 9, 2017 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers: Dementia

Clayton is taking Namzeric, it is a combination of Donzapel and Namenda; he has done well on it. He continues to struggle with processing and short term memory. If you didn’t know him you would not suspect that he had alzheimers you might think he were just a little confused. I try to keep him active, I work fulltime, he is home and continues to care for himself. We have a friend that checks in and takes him golfing and sometimes for lunch. I have been told not to let him drive, that has been the difficult one. It takes away his freedom which in turn diminishes his self esteem. I do let him drive short distances, I purchased a car that has sound alerts when in reverse so I that gives me some peace. I also have his IPhone connected to mine so I can keep track of where he is. I’m not concerned he will get lost, I do worry about his reaction time. However, you will find that you have to find a plan that fits your life and your spouses. You will become his caregiver long before he is unable to care for himself. Blessings and may the Lord help you in the journey. Carolyn Apt

May 9, 2017 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers: Dementia

Dr.Knopman by far. I took my husband to see him a year ago after seeing several local neuro’s; he was honest and compassionate. He also gave me his e-mail so if I have any questions I can contact him directly. My husband is 69 and was diagnosied three years ago.

Dec 22, 2016 · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

Thank you for all of your advice and input. I, too, am the sole caregiver and I am forced to make all decisions relative to his life and mine. I’m a strong person and I have worked in the legal field for 30 years. However, there are times I don’t want to be strong, I don’t want to be the decision maker and I want to be taken care of. I know that is unrealistic but you lose yourself when you are the caretaker. I have always been the dominant spouse, Clayton is sweet, kind and caring, my heart breaks to watch him struggle and become angry. We have been blessed that he has continued to have good cognition for three plus years and he can take are of himself while I work. I am 61 he is 69, I have to work another three years. The driving has been my biggest hurdle and I also believe it is one of those “milestones” that you have to deal with that he really does have ALZ. I don’t want him to have it, I want my husband back! I pray daily that God gives me grace and wisdom so I can manage the worsening symptoms in him and the anger I have for slowing losing my sweet, loving husband. I continue to pray for a cure, I know it won’t come in Clayton’s life time but I pray that our children and your, will not have to be faced with this terrible disease.

Merry Christmas and many prayers to all.

Dec 21, 2016 · Caring for someone with dementia / Alzheimer's in Caregivers: Dementia

My husband will be 69 in January, he was diagnosised with ALZ three years ago, but I’m sure he was suffering with it for at least two years prior to that. He has always been quiet, but the ALZ has made him more “bold” in his comments and actions. I am younger and have to work fulltime, he does well at home and still just suffers from the short term memory and processing. My biggest hurdle has been his driving. The doctors have all said for 2 years he should not drive. However, when I take that away it takes his independence and pride. I have really struggled with what to do. I did go to one vehicle so when he does drives I’m either in the car or he goes short distances. I know the risks and at this point so does he. He has a friend that takes him places sometimes, but not often and I don’t want to impose. He also has other medical problems that require diffirent specialists so I miss a lot of work taking him to those appointments. Any words of wisdom or advice on how to determine when stop his driving altogether or possible safety suggestions?

Nov 3, 2016 · Alzheimers and medications for hyperactivity/anxiety/agitation in Brain & Nervous System

macbeth, it is frustrating to find the right combination of medications. My husband is 68 and was diagnosed three years ago. He has done well until a month ago when he was hospitalized for pneumonia. That has taken a toll on his processing and short term memory. He has other health issues so he is not a good subject for what does and does not work for the typical alzheimers patient. However, he does take a mild anti-depressant during the day and trazadone at night. That seems to help. He takes Aricept and has for two years, he started the Namenda last year, but our GP just changed it to Namenda XR, she believes that will give him better cognition for longer periods. I wish I could give you encouragment but until they find a cure we just have to put our faith in the Lord.

I work full-time, financially and for my sanity, I have to work. We have friends that help out and I pray everyday that the Lord will continue to give him the ability to continue to stay at home with limited care until I can stop working. FYI, we have a small dog and that has been a great blessing! He cares for him, walks him and talks to him all day long. I believe God put this little rescue in our lives to rescue my husband.

Many blessings

Aug 19, 2016 · Husband with early Alzheimers -question in Caregivers: Dementia

My husband is 68 and was diagnosed over two years ago. He started with Aricept and then we added the Namenda. He is very quiet and reserved, and I did notice a little frustration at first, so we increased his Aricept. We stuck with with it and I see a difference. My position is, unless he is having terrible side effects I’m willing to take those chances. My husband still has good coginition. He has processing and short term memory issues. We know he has been struggling with this for at least four years, but it took a diagnosis at Mayo’s to convince us that is what he was struggling with. The doctor we saw at Mayo’s encouraged us on both medications and said it might buy him a few more cummulative years of cognition.