1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. Felix123

    Felix123 Registered User

    Mar 13, 2015
    12
    Tamworth
    My mum has been suffering with heart disease for over a year and she has been diagnosed with dementia but is at end of life stage heart disease. We have been told there is nothing that can be done to help my mum. I am feeling that there is more I must be able to do for. I am feeling really helpless as I do not know where to go for advice. I have seen the dementia friends have a friends session which I am going to next week. It is getting worse though as this morning she called me back and did not remember speaking to me 5 mins before. She does not know what day of the week it is and I have got her the dementia electronic clock but do not think that is helping. It is my partners birthday this weekend and she thought she got him a shaving kit but it is a Royal Jelly set bless her. I love her to bits as most daughters love their mothers and I would do anything I possible could for her so any advise I can get will be gratefully received. Thank you
     
  2. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,569
    Female
    South coast
    Im sorry, Tamworth - its pretty devastating when you first get a diagnosis of dementia. You dont say what sort it is, but I guess from the heart disease that its vascular dementia.

    Unfortunately, there is very little that can be done for dementia - there is no cure and drugs like aricept (given for Alzheimers) will only slow the symptoms down for a while (as mums consultant put it "it will help her to remember things a little bit better for a little bit longer"). Other than that, Im afraid you can only try and help the symptoms of things like sleeplessness, hallucinations etc as they arise.

    If she is in end stage heart disease, then the best thing is to make her as comfortable as possible.
     
  3. Tin

    Tin Registered User

    May 18, 2014
    4,826
    UK
    Dear Felix123, Sorry to read your thread. I guess all you can do is spend as much time as you can with her and help her to continue to do what she wants to do, especially the things that make her happy. Try not to dwell on the things she is forgetting. Time or day really doesn't matter. Sounds like she is in early stages dementia so please make the most of the time you spend with her.
     

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