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Discussions Health, Mind & Body Alzheimers & Dementia Dementia &Alzheimers

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  • #673547
    Profile photo of bookloverbooklover
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    booklover

    it is a well documented fact now that people in their 50s – suffer from this disease, and the numbers are growing all the time. One is thankful that there is organizations out there which do give help and information plus support,although they too have been hit by less govt funding, and have to spend time trying to raise funds.

    Mind you they are not the only one, as many organisations have to do this now, and hard to give to all of them,I don’t remember having all this fundrainsing for essential services like me do now, but maybe we did, and I have just forgotten.

    #673549
    Profile photo of GoingGreyGoingGrey
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    GoingGrey

    Government regulations are definitely hurting charities, Booklover.

    I’m getting requests from some charities that I’ve donated to for years that now tell me that donations are no longer tax-deductable because their work is outside of New Zealand.

    As for the dreaded A & D – I worked for two years in a private geriatric hospital. They had a wing for altzheimer and dementia patients. `Fortunately’ all the patients were in the old age but it was horrible to see all the different stages of the disease and the terrible toll it took on their families. 🙁

    My mother, as she got older, used to worry about getting altzheimer and every time she forgot something she’d convince herself it was the beginning of the end.

    Finally, her doctor told her that it’s okay to forget things, as long as she remembered the answer at some stage. It’s only when you forget permanently (or forget that you forgot) that you need to worry! 😉

    #673551
    Profile photo of bookloverbooklover
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    booklover

    well that is indeed of comfort, mind you myself and a couple of friends have been having some great laugh about the silly little things that we seem to forget from time to time,funny things like not posting a letter carrying it around for days, car keys, or even trying to find where the heck one has put their glasses,good to laugh about these things I think.

    #673553
    Profile photo of GoingGreyGoingGrey
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    GoingGrey

    Sometimes we do silly things simply because we aren’t concentrating. I know I do.

    I’ve been so focussed on what’s being talked about on talk-back radio, some days, that I’ve gone to the dishwasher later in the day and found I’ve put the butter in it (instead of the fridge) 😳

    #673555
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    Anonymous

    …as they say "growing old ain’t for sissies"

    #673557
    Profile photo of Louisa1Louisa1
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    Louisa1

    As our population ages, the number of those with Dementia and Alzheimers will increase considerably. People are living much longer. There is excellent help available to help carers and to learn more about these topics. The Rest Home industry is also doing a great job in looking after persons with dementia and alzheimers. My mother suffered from dementia and alzheimers for over five years but was well looked after.
    Vale 006

    #673559
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    Kari

    Wecome back, Gera006!
    Look forward to more of your posts.

    #673561
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    Anonymous

    Just read your post GB….glad to hear the health has improved and welcome back

    #673563
    Profile photo of Kitkat20466Kitkat20466
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    Kitkat20466

    As the sole caregiver for a man who “suddenly” had his diagnosis changed from chronic long term depression to dementia at the end of Feb this year solely because the anti depressants hadn’t worked, I would ask anyone on this site who has time, especially the men to volunteer with the various carer relief organisations.
    We live in the Wairarapa and we know very few people. My partner worked in Wellington and between work, travel and a rural property he didn’t have time to get to know anyone. I desperately need males of similar ages (retired) who have time and inclination to help me re-socialise him. None of the carer organisations here have men on their books and although I have found a couple of guys privately, I still need more.
    So, if you have time, please volunteer wherever possible

    #673565
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    debb014

    hi, this is the first time i have replyed to anything, this subject is a very sore point with me, i am 56 and my hubby 57, he was diagnosed with frontal temporal lobe dementia nearly 3 years ago and has been of work since 2006, we can go back when he was 50,with this dementia, it is so painful watching someone you love vanish in front of you, i get great help, have a carer come in 4hrs a day, but i am at my wits end now, hubby woke up last night clipped me an the head and told me to get out,i told him to get back into bed which he done, and then the next second he was out of bed telling me to f off, i layed there for awhile but couldnt go to sleep i was a bit scared, so i slept on the lazyboy in the lounge.my kids have been telling me that he needs to go into a home fulltime, i have been putting it off but last night the icing was put on the cake, i have had enough, we have been married for 38 yrs but i just cant go on anymore.not having full nights sleep, hubby has lost all his abilities, the only thing he can do is feed himselkf but that is a mission now, havent had a conversation for maybe over 1 year, meaning a real conversation,eg.how was your day, what you do etc etc . and yes there are more and more people in there 50s now and that is hard as they have to go into a home with older people, they really do need places for the younger ones, i think they would except it better if they had to go into a home fulltime

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