Patient Comments: Alzheimer's Disease - Symptoms

Please describe the symptoms you or loved one experienced with Alzheimer's disease.

Comment from: Mel, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 29

My mother-in-law has had Alzheimer's for almost five years now. She is only 66 years old. She cries all day and some of the night. It is because she hallucinates all day and night, fighting with this girl who wants to take her money and food. It is really heartbreaking to see her like this. I have to give her a lot of drugs to help her sleep. She has vivid nightmares and is scared all the time. Now she is having difficulty remembering to swallow. We are just trying to make it from day to day. We are considering putting her in a home, but it is a very difficult decision to make.

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Comment from: Gatormama, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: November 25

My dad was an incredibly smart man, so to see him with Alzheimer's is heartbreaking. My step mother and I had to put him in a nursing home on their 32nd wedding anniversary. She just could not care for him at home anymore. She has done a great job taking care of him for about five years, but it is too hard now. Sometimes I look at him, and I think he knows who I am even though he has not said my name in years. It is bad enough when your parent dies and you can no longer communicate with them, but I think it might be worse when you can sit with them and still not be able to really talk to them. It is hard to explain to my children what is wrong with him, but I hope they learn about unconditional love by watching and helping us take care of him. I would not wish this disease on my worst enemy, and I pray my kids don't experience this with me.

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Published: July 29

My husband first experienced confusion and loss of memory in March of 2000 while undergoing rehab for alcoholism. Being home seemed to help him until 2006 when he gradually began experiencing dementia and/or Alzheimer's symptoms. He now has four to five hours a day where he wants to get a "greyhound" to "go home." Also, he thinks I am his sister and believes he has rented a car (he hasn't driven in five to six years). His personal hygiene is in the tank � it's necessary for him to change two to three times a day. He dresses himself with help when he has an accident in his clothes. Without long-term insurance for his care, it is becoming stressful to care from him.

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Comment from: deanchilton, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I am 60 and about 11 1/2 years ago I noticed that I was forgetting things that my wife and children were telling me. As time has progressed my memory has gotten worse and I have other symptoms of Alzheimer's. I know longer drive because I fall asleep at the wheel. I can not sleep very wetland my appetite is very bad. I have not been to a doctor yet.

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Comment from: riffyone, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My mom is in the last stages of the disease and has stopped speaking for the most part. Her name is and she was a vibrant, active person before this disease took over her mind and body. She was a force to be reckoned with and always did things in her own way no matter what. I know that there is no cure for this disease but it is vital that everyone knows how important it is to find one. I have written a book describing the journey from the beginning until now and provided resources, information and more for anyone that needs to get help.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

This morning, I became extremely disoriented. I got up as usual, made and drank my coffee w/biscotti as usual. When I went to the bathroom, I suddenly found myself almost at the point of complete unknowing. I finished my preparation and intended to go shopping. I didn't think it was wise to do so, so instead I rested in an easy chair for the remainder of the morning I then went to the store and purchased some BBQ ribs. Came home, ate some and then decided to not to try to do anything else. I decided to go to the computer and try to make sense out of this. I recently had a treadmill at my doctors office and I am scheduled for a thallium tread mill on the 9th of July. I think I may be developing something. I am 72 (born 1936) and have a history of some cardio related symptoms (pvcs). What is going on? I need some assistance with information I live alone. Am I getting Alzheimer's?

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Comment from: frances, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My mom is 88 years old she will be 89 the 13 of August. It is a blessing to have her with us. She is diagnosed with dementia. Her memory is still good but she keeps asking the same things over and over. Her mobility is limited. She is getting more feeble in the last 6 months. She doesn't know if it's night or day and if she is watching TV she thinks that is real and happening in real life and also she is afraid of a lot of things I hope this is helpful to others.

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