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.

Hello, update on my mum...

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Antonio, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. #1 Antonio, Sep 19, 2005
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2005
    Hello,

    I posted here a long while back now, and sometimes its difficult to remember what my mum was like at this time - so its a good job we keep diaries, but even then, its hard to go back a couple of years and remember "from words" what mam was like. My mum is 72 years old, and was dignised Alz about 4½ years ago. Apart from the normal things like memory loss, incontinence, etc, getting my mum to eat food is VERY DIFFICULT. Mum is on 10 mg Aricept (been on them for "about" 2 years)

    I wrote here today as my sister who helps my mum along with me, wanted to know if there is a drug of any kind to give mum a better appetite, as the one she has prescribed (and taking) - is called "Clopixol" (2 mg). They calm my mum down a bit, but seem to sedate her and her responsiveness is not good (sort of in a trance while feeding her).

    Mum isn't at the spoon feeding stage, but needs to be stood over for hours (combined in the day), to get anything down her at all. Also, I was wondering if some people here have "special" food(s) they give there mum. We just give mum, Weetabix, toast, teacakes, bananas, cereal bars and the like. Mum never has problem with mars bars or chocs (typical mum:)))) but struggles with most of t he others - though teacakes seem to go down easier than, say weetabix.

    Sorry to ramble along, but been unwell myself for a while (I'm on DLA), and wanted to talk to people here who have similar probs..

    Thanks to all of you,,

    Antonio:)

    MSN name: antonio777a@hotmail.com
     
  2. EllieS

    EllieS Registered User

    Aug 23, 2005
    170
    SOMERSET
    Dear Antonio

    Have you tried Forticeps drinks?

    They come in all sorts of flavours and are meal substitutes.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Ellie
     
  3. Drinks

    Hello Ellie

    looked for "Forticeps drinks" on Google, but can't seem to find that anywhere - is it a special drink? - sorry a bit lost here
     
  4. KarenC

    KarenC Registered User

    Jun 2, 2005
    122
    Los Angeles, USA
    My mom is on the appetite stimulant megastrol (Brand name Megace here in the U.S.) You might ask the doctor about it.

    Also here in the U.S. there are fortified drinks -- I think "Ensure" is a common brand name. This may be similar to "Forticeps."

    Karen
     
  5. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Antonio
    many of these drinks are prescription only.
    Check with the pharmacist for names and then consult you GP
    Norman
     
  6. LindseyN

    LindseyN Registered User

    Aug 18, 2005
    10
    Just a little info that might help. Norm is right in telling you to ask your GP further.

    The GP is able to prescribe meal drinks for people who are having difficulties with eating solid foods. These drinks come in sweet and savory flavours and can be picked up from your pharmacy.

    One of the brands prescribed is ENSURE PLUS. Some of the flavours are strawberry, vanilla, banana, mushroom and orange - to name a few. (used to work at the doctors).

    If you are considering these for your mum it's very important to ask your GP first to see if they will be suitable.

    Best wishes and hope this has helped a little.
    Lindsey
     
  7. EllieS

    EllieS Registered User

    Aug 23, 2005
    170
    SOMERSET
    Morning Antonio

    Forticeps can be supplied on prescription but sometimes the GP is hesitant to do so due to the cost element. They can also be ordered direct through your local pharmacy.

    Ensure sounds like the same type of product.

    Hope you can locate some.

    Best wishes

    Ellie
     
  8. Thank you Ellie, much appreciated:)
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.