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Discussion in 'Welcome and how to use Dementia Talking Point' started by TNJJ, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. TNJJ

    TNJJ Registered User

    May 7, 2019
    38
    Hi.My dad walks with a gutter frame.For the last 2 years he has only walked in the morning with the carers and in the evening with them.He now has also started to walk lunch time and tea with me.So he has gone from four times a day to up to eight times a day.But he is also getting very irritated with me and is starting to lose patience .He has had a stroke in 2017 and was diagnosed in 2016 with vascular dementia.He talks perfectly well apart from his repetitive questions.Could he have progressed?
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,663
    Female
    South coast
    Dementia is a progressive disease and progression is inevitable. If its a sudden change, though, it is worth considering and checking for an infection.
     
  3. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,564
    Yorkshire
    hi @TNJJ
    I guess if your dad is wanting to use his frame more, rather than walk without it, he may be feeling less steady and want the support and reassurance from using the walking frame ... which does sound like a part of the progression

    I agree; if you are concerned, and if there any other symptoms alongside this, have a chat with your dad's GP ... if nothing else, it will keep the GP fully in the picture
     
  4. Jaded'n'faded

    Jaded'n'faded Registered User

    Jan 23, 2019
    305
    Female
    High Peak
    Some people with dementia seem to develop a walking compulsion. Whether they are trying to find someone/something or trying to 'get away' from their confusion I have no idea, but it is quite common. Some continue, with others it can be a temporary phase.

    But together with your father's growing irritation it could suggest a progression of his dementia or, as others have said, an infection. My mum wanders more at night when she has a UTI, generally looking for dead relatives.
     
  5. TNJJ

    TNJJ Registered User

    May 7, 2019
    38
    Thank you everyone.Today he struggling and is a lot quieter.Plus he is yawning a lot more.Looks like he wore himself out over the last few days.
     

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