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Hello, @SiJol, I think your post has got a bit lost here, in the welcome thread. Try starting your own thread, just double click on the Forum link, select ‘I care for a person with dementia’ and then click ‘start a new thread’. We certainly have many members caring for people with vascular dementia and it is commonly found that there are periods of plateau, in terms of symptoms.My dad is suffering from vascular dementia. 82 years old, but he arguably hasn't deteriorated massively for about 2 years after a couple of years of initial steep decline. Any similar experiences anyone?
Hello, @cosipar, welcome to Talking Point. What you are describing sounds, unfortunately, very common. I have to follow my husband when he wakes at night, as he will urinate anywhere and then, as you say, swear blind in the morning, that it wasn’t him. What sort of help are you getting? I tried for many months to care for my husband alone, but had to get help in the end as I couldn’t cope with the lack of sleep. Have you had a needs assessment done? (For you and him?) Does he attend any sort of day centre to give you a break at all? Please keep posting, you will find the members supportive and understanding...and also a good source of information.My husband urinates on the kitchen floors, toilet floors and swears it's me. Last week I found him trying to pick up the toilet by force and rearranging furniture at 3 in the morning.
Hello, @reedart ...I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, it must be a horrible shock. Like suddenly finding you are a member of a club that you didn’t sign up to. There are many members of Talking Point, who have a diagnosis, and I am sure you will find them a good source of support and information. There are also a number of fact sheets on the main website and you may want to talk to someone about your diagnosis and options?Hi I’ve just today been to my GP after a year of plucking up the courage. I told her my concerns and she did a test straight away and told me I was borderline for Alzheimer’s. I was crying during the test with frustration as didn’t have all the answers. I’m now being referred for more tests & scan. I’m 63 with children and grandchildren and terrified of the future. I haven’t told anyone, infact I’m now beginning to think the doctor has made a mistake but deep down I sort of know.
Thank you Shedrechhello Michael
and welcome to TP
what a lot of information you've been given to try to digest
I'm afraid quite a few members have mentioned that a diagnosis turns out to be pretty complicated, probably because most are based on a mix of tests and scans, which suggest some areas of difficulty and physical decline, and also reports of behaviour and problems with undertaking everyday tasks, so medics have to interpret all of this information
whatever is happening with you, I am glad you've found this supportive site as there are plenty of members to chat things over with and share experiences
Hi Bethany and welcome to the Forum. I'm sorry to read about your dad but I'm glad you have found Talking Point. I'm sure you'll find the forum helpful.Hi I’m Bethany 26 mother of 2 (5) (1). My dad has Alzheimer’s he’s 73. I’m here seeking advice/information.
Thank you. I am not sure I have ever felt so disappointed in myself before. I have no excuse as my brother has been down so no care needed from me this weekend. I have started reading other posts and it's very enlightening. I think for the first time realisation has hit me that this is never going away. I am reassured by the open honest feelings expressed and that I may not be alone with the crippling feelings of guilt and sense of dependence that scares me. I hope you are having a positive day. Thank you again.Welcome to TP @Beebeebee. You will get plenty of good advice on here, we have all been through the same kind of battles and have fought off guilt. Please don't beat yourself up about forgetting a phone call. When you have to be someone else's memory on top of everything else you can easily forget your own name sometimes. I certainly do some days, just with sheer exhaustion and stress.
I hope the anxiety subsides and both you and your mum will feel better in a day or two.