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. Concerned J

    Concerned J Registered User

    Jun 15, 2014
    66
    London
    Mum was on Aricept tablets which she hated because of side effects so after going back to Memory Clinic was prescribed patches.
    She has been getting on with them well. (sometimes forgets whereabouts on her body she put the last one). Now she is reaching the end of the month's supply she was prescribed.
    Mum has told me she doesn't want to take anything anymore as she fed up with everything.
    I've tried to explained that they will help her memory .
    My question is: Will the Alzheimers progress more rapidly if she doesn't use drugs. I realise that her memory may well deteriorate faster but is Alzheimers more than just memory loss ie will she deteriorate in a physical way by not taking anything?
    I feel I'm between a rock and a hard place. Mum won't be happy either way. I just want what is easiest / best for her.
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,383
    Female
    South coast
    Oh concerned, what a dilemma.
    Its a hard question to answer

    "is Alzheimers more than just memory loss....?"
    That is relatively easy to answer. Yes Alzheimers is indeed more than memory loss. It affects reason and logic, empathy, language, mobility, continence and finally swallowing.

    But thats not really what you are asking is it? I guess that what you want to know is how much it will affect her by not taking the meds, and that is far, far harder to answer. Aricept affects everyone differently. Some people get a lot of benefit from it, but others it makes no difference at all.

    Do you have a phone number to contact someone at the memory clinic? I got given one in case of any problems and I think you could do with talking to the doctors about this.
     
  3. Concerned J

    Concerned J Registered User

    Jun 15, 2014
    66
    London
    Thank you Canary.
    You certainly hit the nail on the head!!
    I have got a phone number and will call them tomorrow.
     
  4. Concerned J

    Concerned J Registered User

    Jun 15, 2014
    66
    London
    Mum has just phoned me to say she is sorry she was being so silly yesterday. She has been to Dr surgery and got another prescription.
    I spoke to the Nurse practitioner at the memory clinic and we think Mum ought to be prescribed a mild anti-depressant but one step at a time for the moment.
     
  5. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,383
    Female
    South coast
    That sounds like a good outcome :)
     

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