Patient Comments: Dementia - Experience

Does someone you know have dementia? Please share your experience.

Comment from: Daughter, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 06

My father began showing symptoms of dementia 11 months ago. There was a big change in his personality. He always tended to be a very outgoing fun loving guy. He became very mean, looking for arguments, etc. Shortly after we noticed the big change in personality, he suffered a major stroke. Physically he recovered well however mentally we were concerned. He became very paranoid, suffered from hallucinations and stopped sleeping, resulting in a 6 week hospital stay. Dad was prescribed anti-depressants along with psychotic medications. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia. He is home now and things are going well, he just needs prompting to shower, personal hygiene, etc. I have noticed that all of a sudden dad seems to be sleeping a lot.

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Comment from: Barb152, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 07

My mother has Lewy dementia. She falls asleep a lot. She thinks girls are in her bedroom. She talks about children constantly and is obsessed with one of my sisters. She can talk for hours about her. She will not admit she has that disease. She thinks those people will steal from her if she lets them in her house. She eats very little. She sometimes seems very normal but easily confused other times. She doesn't understand about money, lives alone most of the time. She calls people on phone several times a day. She doesn't bathe enough; I could go on and on. It is so difficult.

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Comment from: DavidE, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 03

Wife of 40 years aged 92 at death, was placed in assisted living for 18 months where she passed away. She was able to always recognize family and most familiar friends. In attempting to understand her condition (dementia) the primary doctor gave cognitive tests, neurologist took 2 MRI scans which showed some shrinkage of the brain size. In tracking her medical history she had a total of 10 operations over some 60 years, all requiring sedation. I wonder if the sedations contributed to her condition. She also had three falls causing both frontal and posterior head lacerations.

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Comment from: tam0071, 65-74 (Caregiver) Published: December 05

My Dad became ill in May this year, since then he has deteriorated drastically. We have been to several doctors and specialists. Initially due to the family history they diagnosed Alzheimer's. He will be sitting, chatting to you and the next minute he will lash out and get extremely aggressive. If he can't hit you then he will try kick or spit at us and just like that he will go back to being really nice - he doesn't make any sense any more but I just go along with what he is telling. He can go 48 hours without sleep and will lay in his bed and scream for no reason. He swears at everyone and he was never like this. We have tried so many different medications but nothing works.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 28

I am a caregiver through an agency. I'm trying to help a friend with his wife, who has dementia. When I enter their home, she is very hostile toward him and will not allow anyone to help her. The patient's toenails are so long that she can't wear shoes. She does not get regular baths, or good quality bathing. I am trying to find ways that I can help them and am open to suggestions.

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