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01/03/2014 at 19:06
I raised concerns about my Dad three years ago when we were still on hitched. He mentioned today that he is a bit concerned about himself now. I suggested he went to his GPs. Not sure what else to do. His wife isn't, well, sometimes on this planet but not in an Alzheimers way it's just the way she is. My brother just puts it down to him being old but I think this is more than that and he isn't actually that old.
01/03/2014 at 19:23
GP is definitely best starting point, they will assess what needs done if anything. My Gran had Alzheimer's and her gp was fab at getting her diagnosed and getting her the help she needed which was eventually a care home then a nursing home.
Hope your dad is ok x
02/03/2014 at 09:32
Ask for your dad to be referred to the local memory clinic. This is often the best way to get properly diagnosed as Alzheimer's is different to dementia and there are different treatment options (not curative but aim to slow down rate of decline). Ask away if you have any other questions and I'll try to answer them for you x
02/03/2014 at 10:30
I thought there were some drugs they can give which help to slow things down these days which can make a big difference depending on the diagnosis. But seeing the GP is the first thing.
04/03/2014 at 10:36
I work in older people's mental health (secretarial role) so am up close and perosnal with Alzheimer's daily. What info you after? Here we receive a referral from GP after they have done bloods etc to exclude infection in case that's what is causing confusion then our consultant usually send for a CT brain scan to see if there is any shrinkage (atrophy in med terms) of the brain which is an indicator of Alzheimer's disease (if excessive for the patient's age). The CT will also show any vascular damage (such from strokes etc) which may have damaged the brain and causing dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms (if they have X amount of them) so for example someone could have dementia in Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, unspecified dementia and sometimes dementia symptoms from such as a prion disease like CJD. If you want any info give me a shout and I can pick the brains of our consultant or CPNs. The Alzheimer's Society are pretty good for info and also deal with other dementias not just the Alzheimer's (althought he name is quite misleading)
05/03/2014 at 09:12
My gran had senile dementia (not sure if that is the right term but basically dementia because she was very old). Her symptoms which are quite common were an inability to remember things from today or yesterday while clearly being able to remember things that happened 30 years ago or more. So for example we'd have conversations like this:'what day is it?' 'Tuesday' 'oh yes' 'what day is it?' 'Tuesday' 'oh yes'. But then she'd also say things like 'do you remember when I would take you out and we'd do such and such'
The failure to remember things that are happening in the short term is quite common. So, also, is the rest of the family telling the person there is a problem while the person who has the problem can't remember a thing and denies that there is anything the matter.
09/03/2014 at 19:45
All very helpful thank you, sorry to have asked and then disappeared.
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