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Dealing with dementia and depression

Carl2000

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Jan 10, 2017
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Hi All

I have a farther with the early stages of dementia. Vascular dementia was diagnosed after a stroke. From that day onward his partner and myself are learning as we go on, this forum has been a good source of knowledge.

He has developed depression as the days have passed and seems to be struggling with pulling himself out of it. I understand this is partly as he feels he’s loosing control.

With the depression he’s then refusing some of the products available to help him cope with the issues that come with dementia.

The GP has prescribed anti depression meds. These don’t seem to be helping. The recent memory-accessing nurse has suggested we go back and ask for a change in anti depressants. Is it normal that people in the early stages of dementia to need medication for depression? If so did they help?

Any other way you were able to help them through depression?
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
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My husband had medication for depression throughtout the progression of his dementia. The medication had to be managed and monitored as his dementia progressed.

It was never a solution , it just kept the worst symptoms at bay.
 

alibali2016

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Jan 24, 2017
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Hi All

I have a farther with the early stages of dementia. Vascular dementia was diagnosed after a stroke. From that day onward his partner and myself are learning as we go on, this forum has been a good source of knowledge.

He has developed depression as the days have passed and seems to be struggling with pulling himself out of it. I understand this is partly as he feels he’s loosing control.

With the depression he’s then refusing some of the products available to help him cope with the issues that come with dementia.

The GP has prescribed anti depression meds. These don’t seem to be helping. The recent memory-accessing nurse has suggested we go back and ask for a change in anti depressants. Is it normal that people in the early stages of dementia to need medication for depression? If so did they help?

In early stages the drugs didn't help my Dad, just led to more confusion. Now that he is classified as late stages of dementia, he is on anti - depressants to help him sleep at night
 

Mal7

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Jan 17, 2021
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Hi All

I have a farther with the early stages of dementia. Vascular dementia was diagnosed after a stroke. From that day onward his partner and myself are learning as we go on, this forum has been a good source of knowledge.

He has developed depression as the days have passed and seems to be struggling with pulling himself out of it. I understand this is partly as he feels he’s loosing control.

With the depression he’s then refusing some of the products available to help him cope with the issues that come with dementia.

The GP has prescribed anti depression meds. These don’t seem to be helping. The recent memory-accessing nurse has suggested we go back and ask for a change in anti depressants. Is it normal that people in the early stages of dementia to need medication for depression? If so did they help?

Any other way you were able to help them through depression?
My partner was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 2020 after having a memory test. His sons and I knew something wasn't right in 2019 as he'd ask me to order clothes and tools online. When they'd arrive he'd out them in boxes and tape up the box. He had a mini stroke in Dec 2019. Lately he sleeps all day and gets up after midnight. He also eats just one small meal a day now. We don't know the stage he's at as no one will tell us. Obviously his short term memory is worse and he puts things away and doesn't know where he's put them. I don't know how to cope with the not eating and sleeping all day. Does anyone else experience this? He also has a bad heart and had a triple bypass in 2002. I wonder if this is making him feel so tired all the time? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

jennifer1967

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Mar 15, 2020
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my husband was diagnosed in march 2020 with vascular dementia although he had had it a year before that after a mini stroke following a clot in the heart in jan 2019. he seems to sleep a lot of the time. he will come down in the morning and fall asleep. i remind him of breakfast then he falls asleep again until lunch time. he wakes up for meals. he sleeps all night as well. he also has copd which i think wears him out a bit especially in damp weather. is it worth contacted the gp to see if it is his heart. mine cant hold a conversation very long at all and concentration seems to be a big problem. hes amuse by what i consider the stupidest programs. i dont know if that helps
 

darthdodge

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Oct 26, 2020
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My partner was diagnosed with vascular dementia in October 2020 after having a memory test. His sons and I knew something wasn't right in 2019 as he'd ask me to order clothes and tools online. When they'd arrive he'd out them in boxes and tape up the box. He had a mini stroke in Dec 2019. Lately he sleeps all day and gets up after midnight. He also eats just one small meal a day now. We don't know the stage he's at as no one will tell us. Obviously his short term memory is worse and he puts things away and doesn't know where he's put them. I don't know how to cope with the not eating and sleeping all day. Does anyone else experience this? He also has a bad heart and had a triple bypass in 2002. I wonder if this is making him feel so tired all the time? Any advice would be appreciated.
sounds like my dad and he was diagnosed as moderate, so more then likely that for your partner but I'm not a doctor