1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. sammyb

    sammyb Registered User

    Sep 19, 2007
    I know everyone has such sad and desperate things to say, me included, so I hope you don't mind my being otherwise today because mine has been a good day today. We did go and see the consultant against my better judgement but I am so pleased we did. My husband, having been totally uncommunicative on the ward (staff saying he was unlikely to cooperate with the consultant) and wordless during the taxi drive to the other hospital, was very alert for his meeting with the consultant. Physical strength and reflexes excellent, counting down from 100 in 7's astonishing (I had only reached 86 when he had got down to 65), naming things beginning with 'F' he finished with the word 'fandango' - for pity's sake!! (Mind you he could only name 4 things). But he didn't know his full address and didn't understand the proverbs given him and couldn't write a full sentence about the weather. But he did know today's date and that it was Autumn. We returned to the ward, he took off his coat, sat down and closed his eyes to the world - totally uncommunicative again. I am sure he really doesn't like being there and today, when I said to the consultant that he wasn't going anywhere but home next, my husband agreed!! Yippee!!! Another 'specialist' MRI scan is to be done as an outpatients appointment but the consultant did reiterate that my husband was on the right medication - except he seems to be being weaned off the anti-depressant now. Not eating well again this week though.

    Love from Sammyb
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    Good news is always welcome Sammy.

    Could the fact your husband isn`t eating well have anything to do with hospital food? I understand he had eating problems before, but would home cooking be more acceptable to him?
  3. connie

    connie Registered User

    Mar 7, 2004
    So glad that you had a good day.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the day with us. Take care,
  4. Mameeskye

    Mameeskye Registered User

    Aug 9, 2007

    What a lovely post. It is so nice to hear about good days too!

    Hope he gets to come home to you soon.


  5. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    SW Scotland
    Sammy, so pleased that your husband did so well. I hope you'll have him home soon.

  6. okmurrays

    okmurrays Registered User

    Oct 17, 2007
    kelowna, bc, canada
    Great to hear some positive news, thinking about it could I count down from 100 in 7s without a huge amount of effort?!
  7. Taffy

    Taffy Registered User

    Apr 15, 2007
    Dear Sammy,

    They were pleasing results, so pleased for you.
    I was just thinking that the anti-depressants can increase appetite so by weaning your hubby down, maybe this is causing his lack of interest in the food again.

    Going by his behaviour on returning back to the home it seems that this depresses him been there, might be better to wean him off the anti-depressants once home.

    I hope that you have him home real soon. Regards Taffy.

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