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. Sammyjo1

    Sammyjo1 Registered User

    Jul 8, 2014
    194
    My OH was diagnosed with ALZ in July 2015 and started Donepezil that September. We've just been to the memory clinic and his MMSE score was 27 which is the same as it was in October last year. This was such good news and both of us came away feeling very heartened.

    I was almost hesitant to post my good news as I know how lucky we are and don't want to appear to be boastful but I thought it worth letting people know as I can recall my feelings of absolute devastation at the initial diagnosis and thinking that our future was so bleak. Obviously not everyone will have such great results, but it is possible that things may not be as grim as they first appear.
     
  2. CollegeGirl

    CollegeGirl Registered User

    Jan 19, 2011
    9,535
    North East England
    Never hesitate to post good news, Sammyjo1, as we all love to hear it! So glad that your husband had such good results, that's very heartening, and long may it continue.

    xx
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,383
    Female
    South coast
    Good news is always good news :)

    When you are on a place like this it is easy to feel that everyones problems are going to happen to you, but its not like that. I hope your good news will help others who are worried about the future too.
     
  4. Sammyjo1

    Sammyjo1 Registered User

    Jul 8, 2014
    194
    Thanks Canary, that's why I posted it really
     
  5. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,719
    Kent
    Good news is for sharing Sammyjo. :)
     
  6. sleepless

    sleepless Registered User

    Feb 19, 2010
    3,232
    Female
    The Sweet North
    Pleased to hear this, Sammyjo. My husband was diagnosed in 2003 and retained very good scores for many years, and I hope your man does too. I know the results aren't everything, but looking back they were a fair reflection of how well he did generally for all those years, with help from me to get around the memory issues etc. Really pleased for you.
     
  7. tigerqueen

    tigerqueen Registered User

    Mar 11, 2014
    75
    Essex
    Good news indeed Sammyjo. We all need a bit of an uplift at times in the journey of discovery, and knowing that the medication helps to keep someone high functioning for some time is great. Long may it last for you. x:)
     
  8. LynneMcV

    LynneMcV Volunteer Moderator

    May 9, 2012
    3,362
    south-east London
    That's wonderful news Sammyjo and please never reluctant to share this kind of thing.

    I am sure there is not a single person on this forum who would begrudge the fact that your OH has maintained a steady path over the past year and it is heartening for those whose loved ones are newly diagnosed because it shows that things do not suddenly change at the point of diagnosis.

    Wishing you both many wonderful times and moments to celebrate ahead. Xxx
     
  9. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,764
    Female
    Dundee
    Great news!!


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  10. Countryboy

    Countryboy Registered User

    Mar 17, 2005
    1,402
    Male
    Cornwall
    hi Sammyjo1 well that’s great Donepezil seem to be working and your upbeat and positive so good news all round , I my self been on Aricept for 16 years and I’m basically the same now at 72+ as I was at 57 when diagnosed , I was positive afdter dignoses and continued working until my retirement age 65 I still drive and do most things obviously age is effecting me now , and I have a problem when verbally conversing because the words get lost before I say them, but thats no big deal really probably talk rubbish anyway

    so keep positave
     
  11. Slugsta

    Slugsta Registered User

    That's great news SammyJo, thanks for sharing it! :)
     
  12. Jinx

    Jinx Registered User

    Mar 13, 2014
    2,333
    Pontypool
    So pleased for you, thanks for sharing. x


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  13. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    It's good to read your good news. My husband was put on Donepezil in 2013. We were told by the consultant that she expected no change in the first 6 months which was the case and then the drug would slow the progress of the disease. I think we all have to enjoy what goes well and just keep living as fully as we can. We were in China earlier this year and I have just booked a holiday in lanzarote for some winter sun.


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  14. Lost bluebird

    Lost bluebird Registered User

    Oct 6, 2015
    6
    Hi
    My husband was prescribed donipenzil sorry can't spell and he seemed to improve even, certainly a good thing for him as i was informed it doesn't work for everyone. He took it for a year before it just stopped working but his decline was profound. So not a cure by any means but enjoy the time you have
    Take care


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  15. Optomistic

    Optomistic Registered User

    Jul 24, 2014
    109
    Manchester
    My husband was diagnosed July 2014 and put on Donzepezil he has stayed the same and has more confidence. We go out everyday shopping, bingo or visiting family and he loves reading and playing X box games.

    He has off days but soon picks up again usually after a sleep.

    We have been to Malta for a week in June and had some nice days out. Im booking our holidays for next June soon.

    The best way is to enjoy everyday and stay optomistic.
     
  16. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    It was heartwarming to read your post, Sammyjo, and everyone here on TP likes to hear some good news, as, alas, sad news is so much more frequent. I'm so glad that Donepezil is helping your husband, and it's very successful in the early stages of Alzheimer's. It certainly helped my husband.

    You now have a great opportunity to create lots more lovely memories together. I wish you both well. :)
     

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