Patient Comments: Dementia - Symptoms

Question:Are you caring for someone with dementia? What early symptoms did he/she experience at the onset of dementia?

Comment from: donna mae, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 02

I am caregiver for my husband who has dementia. At the age of 60 he is at stage 5/6 now and I don't know what do expect now. I have a hard time some days with my man but we have been together for 29 years and I will not put him in a home. It's been 2 years now I think I'm doing well so far.

Comment from: Lesley, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

My mum developed certain obsessive behaviors -- hoarding, pegging curtains closed, wearing the same clothes, suspicion of others, and checking that doors and windows were locked. The behaviors increased over time together with a steady decline in memory, judgment, and reasoning. I also noticed that the outer ring of her iris which is normally darker than the rest of the iris looks bleached so that it is now lighter than the main iris. I don't know whether this is usual. It is not noticeable to the casual observer.

Comment from: broken 77, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 07

My mom is currently caring for my grandmother. Everyday is something new. One minute she is laughing and joking with the family even to the point of dancing, and even smoking and drinking like she is 21. The next she is yelling and cursing at the family trying to leave the house saying she doesn't know where she is and we are stopping her from leaving. When I try to help she yells at me and tells me to go away and when I do she says I don't help. I don't know what to do anymore, it's like she is pushing the family away and that is really a concern for this family.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 17

She was short fused and paranoid. She also had delusions that were affecting her relationships with her family.

Comment from: ali, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 13

Yes, she is my Mom. The Dementia symptoms had started when she was 58 years old.

Comment from: MB, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 25

Our family is really upset with the strange behavior of our mother since over last one year. She doesn't recognize us and even the place she live in, she has lot of hallucinations and imaginings. We took her doctors, but she refuses to take medicines just after one or two doses.

Comment from: Concerned Son, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 28

My mom is 86 yrs. old. Recently her behavior has changed drastically. It has really impacted the world for my dad, who is also 86, and the entire family. My mom cannot remember certain information and especially locations. She is very anxious and cannot seem to relax. Nausea is also a very big part of her symptoms. She will tell us that she feels very bad and needs to go to the hospital. We have gone to the ER at 4 times over a week and a half. Mom was admitted for a day and a half and then the hospital let her go. All of this is so frustrating, and trying to get a doctor to see her is almost impossible!!

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 26

My husband was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia last year at age 57. He suffers severe debilitating headaches that are about 8 to 10 on the pain scale. These headaches keep us homebound instead of being able to enjoy life, even with his other symptoms of dementia.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 16

Very early in the disease, my dad started having trouble walking down stairs and seemed off balance. He also started over-reacting to situations and seemed a bit paranoid, like everyone was out to get him somehow. Now, 2 years later, he falls a lot, has lost some of his vision, and mimics people in a strange way. In other ways though, he is incredibly observant and on-the-ball.

Comment from: cremom, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 15

Last night my 91-year-old mother woke me (I stay with her during the night) but when I entered her room, she said "Who are you?" She kept saying she was sick but couldn't identify what was wrong. She kept asking where she was, what country she lived in and became upset because she was so confused. It took about 30-40 minutes for her to finally recognize her surroundings and who I was. She has in the last several months had very disturbing dreams, snakes in the bed, dead babies on the kitchen table, but does not exhibit any other signs of dementia/Alzheimer's.

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