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    Asperger's and Alzheimer's

    Does anyone know of any serious academic research out there on the link (or possible link) between Asperger's and Alzheimer's, and what the prognosis is for an Asperger's sufferer with dementia? Does anyone reading this have any experience? Many thanks.
     

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    Absolutely its really interesting you raise this issue. My father has now dementia but throughout his life as suffered mental health issue but the consultants have never been able to diagnosis him with anything in particular classic symptoms being OCD.

    Unbelievably, I have a little boy who has now been diagnosed with having Aspergers and there is research to suggest it is heridatary and I can't believe the likeness between my dad and son in ways.

    I too would be very keen to find out if there is any research on this. A really good issue to raise.

    Debbie, Lancaster
     

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    Debs, thank you so much for your message. I was asking because my mother has always been "strange", and just recently some information has come to light which has made a lot of other things fall into place. She now has fairly advanced Alzheimer's and has never been formally diagnosed with Asperger's (and of course it is too late for that now), but I am pretty sure that she is somewhere on the Autistic spectrum.

    I think there must be a lot of middle-aged and older people out there who have never been diagnosed, and do I wonder if some have been mis-diagnosed with Alzheimer's when in fact it is really Asperger's plus old age.

    I hope someone out there can shed some light on it!
     

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    I really do agree with you because years ago they wouldn't have been given a formal diagnosis.

    Thankfully my son has been given a diagnosis only recently but uncannily he so resembles my dad in his ways without a doubt he his like a minature minime.

    Unfortunately, my dad is now sadly nearing the end of his life the consultant today said he has persistent delerium and there is nothing more to be done which I am absolutely devasted about but Kian will be my rock because he so reminds me of him thankfully.

    I would be very interested if anybody can shed any light on this I may contact the Autistic helpline and ask them if any research had been looked into this.

    Lets hope we get some answers.

    Take Care

    Debbie
     

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    Aspergers and alzheimers

    Quote Originally Posted by MJW View Post
    Does anyone know of any serious academic research out there on the link (or possible link) between Asperger's and Alzheimer's, and what the prognosis is for an Asperger's sufferer with dementia? Does anyone reading this have any experience? Many thanks.
    My partner who is just 53 has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. He is/was a professor of computer science. He has never married and until he became seriously odd, I just thought he was `quirky`. I wonder if age affects Aspergers, and they can no longer mask or compensate for the symtoms.
    Did you find any information from your enquiry?
    Thank you
     

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    Asperger's or Dementia

    My husband was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 75.
    I am wondering how one can distinguish between Asperger's and dementia in an aging partner. Since Asperger's has similar symptoms to dementia. I'm trying to figure out if the traits of his Asperger's are becoming more pronounced as he gets older, or could it possibly be dementia. I take him to a neurologist and a psychologist who specializes in Autism, and they both said it is Aspergers as recently as 6 months ago. However; very recently (maybe 2 months) he seems to be declining in the area of his writing skills, which he was extremely accomplished in just a couple of months ago.
    Does anyone know of a specialist that deals with the aging and Asperger's/dementia/Alzheimer? Any research or books out there?
    I appreciate any information anyone can give to me.
     

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    Aspergers and Lewey Body Dementia

    My husband, a pure and applied maths graduate, has Aspergers. The Aspergers seems to have morphed into Lewey Body disease. Lots of the symptoms overlap. Common symptoms in my experience seem to be; loss of sense of smell and taste, wooden facial expression,
    soft voice, difficulty with relationships, anxiety, odd gait, dislike of groups of people, high need to be alone. Coping with one set of problems is difficult, coping with that and Lewey Bodies is a nightmare. Any one out there doing the same? I would love to hear how you cope.
     

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    Asperger’s and Alzheimer's

    Hi, My mum lives with me (77, AD and undiagnosed Asperger’s) I say undiagnosed as my eldest daughter was diagnosed at the age of 25 and now we know it’s hereditary we can definitely see the thread running through the family. Incidentally, my daughter was at Cambridge where they are doing research into Aspie’s, and the chap in charge is Simon Baron Cohen. Maybe you could google him for more info.
    I also now realise that mum has ‘blagged’ her way through her whole life. By that I mean she learned a series of phrases which were trotted out at the appropriate moment; e.g. rubbing her hands and saying, brrrr it’s chilly today - this technique got her off the hook regarding involvement in any further conversation. She is now unable to connect the relevant phrase with the appropriate moment for use and consequently conversation is almost nil even though she appears physically normal.
    I also found that the loss of cognitive functions came along before any short term memory loss was apparent. She is unable to make sense of the simplest of tasks and, like an Aspie is quite content to stand back - unconcerned - whilst the world continues around her.
    I’m pleased you guys have posted, nice to know we’re not alone. Dementia is bad enough without the unemotional detached complication of being an Aspie thrown in.
    On a lighter note, do any of you watch ‘Big Bang Theory?’ Aspie humour at it’s best.
     

 

 

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