Early detection is the key to manging AD. People need to endlessly persue a diagnosis as soon a memory problems or unusual personality changes occur.
I did not notice any problems but my wife did. She asked me to seek help. Two and a half years and several tests later I was diagnosed with stage 5 Alzheimer's. Since I was only 58 it is called Early On-set AD.
Five years later my family considers me to be at stage 4. I really don't think that is possible since science tellshe positive us that AD is not reversible and constantly gets worse. Maybe it is the modern meds, maybe it is the positive attitude but it is probably due to both!View Thread
Not to sure how I remember. Only thing I can think is that I have always been involved with comkputers and it psrt of my long term memory. I have tried other things that require a learning curve an failed at all of them.
Remembering to come back to this site is another issue. Luckily I have saved under my favorities.
My return from a much deeper fog has come to me in a couple big leeps. Once when I got the dosage of Seroquel figured out. The doctor started me out on 25mg and over about 3 months adjustged to 100mg before finding the right dose. The next leep came when I moved from 10mg Aricept to 23mg Aricept.
I was diagnosed in June of 2006 at age 58 and at stage 5. Immediately started on Aricept and later added Namenda. There is a host of other Rx drugs including Seroquel. Now I consider myself to be at stage 5.
The state of PA revoked my drivers lisence when one of my many doctors informed them that I was driving with AD. I was angry at first but have sence come to grips with it. Hurting somebody as a result of my driving would devestate me for the rest of my life.
I'm currently a Peer volunteer on the www.Alz.org web site.
Please visit with me here or on the Alzheimer's Assiociation Message board.View Thread
Sorry to hear about the crash GKen! "Most of the time" is a condition that I'm well aware of. Ya just need to hate this disease! How would you feel if there was a child involved in your latest accident? I'd give up the keys before that happens.
Where we live there is a transportation department ran by the county. They transport me to needed appointments and even the gym for free. Look into it.
You might want to call the 24/7 Helpline set up by the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.View Thread
My diclaimer: I'm not a professional in this area. Onjly a person with Alzheimer's that can still express myself and want to help others.