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    Frustrating weekend

    My apologies for the double posting. Firstly my whole post disappeared, so I typed it all again, submitted, then there were two, tried to edit, unsuccessful. Sorry about that, folks.
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    Frustrating weekend

    Chris, you must be tearing your hair out - the Powers that be don't seem to realise that we plan our lives round their arrangements and then if they take it into their heads to make sudden changes our whole plan is thrown into disarray. Council Tax: my dad got my mum exempted with no...
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    Swearing

    When my partner Alan was still living at home with me and coping, with difficulty, with daily living, he went through several weeks/months of being very angry and every other word was a swear word, which I found very wearing. I said to my sister that he was suffering from "late onset Tourette's...
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    Cautionary tale - banking

    In one of last Sunday's papers there was a story of an elderly lady (76) who mentioned to her husband's bank that she was taking over some of the work of paying bills etc, which he had asked her to do as he was suffering some memory problems. They assumed Alzheimer's and immediately froze his...
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    Shingles!

    Sorry to hear about your Mum. People laugh and joke about shingles: they haven't had it! I had it in my fifties and it was not only very painful but SOOOO itchy. None of the various creams and lotions seemed to help. Painkillers did help of course, but the best thing I found was an icepack...
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    Sense of smell

    Skye: Aluminium/confusion - fascinating, thank you. On sugar: As I understand it there are four genuine tastes - sweet, sour, bitter and salty - which do not depend on sense of smell. Mum was also fond of sweet and salty things (that salt again). When my Alan was diagnosed diabetic he...
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    Sense of smell

    I think this is a very interesting thread. My mother developed AD in her eighties, but said she had had no sense of smell since her thirties - she said it was since she gave birth to us two daughters. However she insisted she could taste food, she was a very good cook and certainly enjoyed her...
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    today was just awful

    Hello Chip, Sorry to hear you're having such a frustrating time. I'm new here, so this may sound silly to you, but have you phoned the Alz helpline for Scotland to ask about finances for care home? Their number is 0808 808 3000, 24 hours (to save you looking it up). I was advised on here to...
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    Unmarried partners

    I apologise to everybody for not having replied earlier. I was overwhelmed and delighted by the avalanche of helpful replies I received and I am very grateful for both the very helpful advice on legal and practical issues and for the messages of comfort and support. I have read and re-read...
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    My Mum can no longer stand unaided

    Hello again, Sylvia. What I do is: Using the mouse, Select/highlight the text already typed. Press Control plus C (for copy). The text remains visible but is copied to the Clipboard. Then when you need the text again, if you've lost it, press Control plus V and it reappears. You can...
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    My Mum can no longer stand unaided

    Hello, Janetruth Thanks very much. The malted drink sounds a good idea and I'm sure I've seen "Lite" versions of these (as he's diabetic and I'm overweight). Just off to get a drink of water.... Regards, Rhoda.
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    My Mum can no longer stand unaided

    Hi Sylvia, Yes and no. I was searching on an entirely different word; that's why I said I found "dehydration" by accident. I haven't had any trouble navigating this site so far. I do look at other websites, which has probably helped. The only problem with this one is the sheer volume...
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    My Mum can no longer stand unaided

    I found this thread by accident just now and wanted to bring it to the top. The information on dehydration is a real revelation. When my old lad was in hospital last night they put him on a drip because of dehydration. He has always been reluctant to drink, never finishes a mug of tea, so I...
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    Unmarried partners

    I have been looking after my partner of 35 years at home. Looking back, Alan has been going a little odd mentally for some years but this has not been apparent to outsiders, though I have been anticipating AD for some time - my mother suffered from it for some ten years so I recognised some of...
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    I don`t seem to be handling this very well..................

    Grannie G: Absolutely nothing wrong with using a shopping trolley! They're essential if you don't use a petrol-guzzling car to do your shopping and recycling, and much more fashionable looking these days when most smart suitcases have a handle and wheels. Also saves the strain on your face...