1. Blodski

    Blodski Registered User

    Sep 3, 2017
    38
    Conwy
    Hello

    My mum was diagnosed with Mixed Dementia in March and went into care in July. Since then my Dad (her husband) has died and the care home has said there has been a decline - to be expected I suppose after such a traumatic event.

    When I saw her on Boxing Day, she seemed quite wobbly on her feet and had to hold the side of the table to steady herself. I noticed too she was 'shuffling' more.

    Is this common in someone with Mixed Dementia, and is it a sign of further decline?

    Thanks
     
  2. witts1973

    witts1973 Registered User

    Jun 20, 2018
    557
    Hi my mum has mixed dementia she became unsteady on her feet and fell over a few times while shopping and then walked with a shuffle at home and wasn't able to leave the house then,after a while she was no longer able to weight bare,that's just my mums experience
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    9,327
    Female
    South coast
    Yes, Im afraid that loss of mobility is a symptom of all types of dementia.
    Sometimes it declines quite slowly and sometimes it can go almost overnight. That shuffle is very distinctive.
     
  4. karaokePete

    karaokePete Registered User

    Jul 23, 2017
    4,755
    Ireland
    Dementia is progressive and loss of, or difficulties with, mobility can be common in the later stages.

    My wife is in the earlier stages and she is already experiencing falls.

    If this has come on suddenly something like an infection may be the culprit so that should be ruled out before progression of the dementia is assumed.
     
  5. Blodski

    Blodski Registered User

    Sep 3, 2017
    38
    Conwy
    Thank you. The home says that she is generally more confused - putting layers of clothes on in the wrong order, and bringing down photo frames and then taking them back up, bringing them down, taking them up etc. She also asked me if my Dad was getting better, despite the fact he died in October. We told her at the time that he died, but it's a shock to hear her asking about him as though he is still alive. I just said he was still in hospital and she seemed to accept it.

    She also asked me to take her home. The most dreaded words.
     
  6. Jale

    Jale Registered User

    Jul 9, 2018
    204
    Female
    Water infections knocked my mum off her legs literally so am assuming that the care home has ruled that out. Sadly the shuffling is another side of the awful illness. Mum went from shuffling to not being able to walk after a spell in hospital, despite the best efforts of the physios. For what it's worth I think you have done the right thing by telling your Mum that your Dad is in hospital, and as for the dreaded going home words we told mum initially that she was in a special hospital to get her better - she hasn't asked about going home now for at least a couple of months now. This illness is so very cruel
     
  7. myss

    myss Registered User

    Jan 14, 2018
    294
    Hello @Blodski My dad has dementia, not mixed dementia, but for what it's worth, he has the same symptoms as described. With regards to the photo frames, not only does he take them up to his room and down but he sometimes takes off the part that the frame leans on to hold it up.
     

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