Probability studies are varied. It is wise to treat you body and your mind with respect to maintain your quality of life today. this means eating lots of fruits, vegetables, preferably dark in color, and even some coffee, which has been correlated with a delay of onset.
Correlations, or related events, do not mean that one thing causes or prevents another. And, other studies show correlations between being active in several areas or activities a week can delay Alzheimer's.
Physical exercise still is the number one action we can take to stave it off. Research in Alzheimer's is moving ahead, and if we can keep ourselves as healthy as possible for as long as possible, we will benefit from new treatments which may arrest the progression of this disease.
It's so hard to deal with the loss of a grandparent, especially when you have been so involved with her care. Some communities also have grief support groups, and regardless of the nature of the loss, the support group really helps. Talking about it is the key to healing from this.
My sympathies as well about both your parents. Caregivers are seeing the progressive losses every day, and it's so hard on you and your brother. It's as if there is no time to grieve for your mother's passing. It's OK to discuss this with your father because he knows that your Mom is no longer around. Talking about it will help the family.
Explore local day programs for your father, as well as getting outside help with his daily needs. You and your brother would find that a Caregiver Support Group would give you some relief - and may tips on how to deal with the challenges you face. Once again, the Alzheimer's Assn. at www.alz.org is a great place to begin.
What a tough situation to be in. The slurred speech is a real concern, indicative of a possible medical condition that needs immediate attention. I ditto the suggestion that someone accompany both of them to a doctor's appointment.
Perhaps the family can get together and and share information about her behavior after a medical condition has been ruled out. The Alzheimer's Assn. has wise guidelines about family meetings. The fact that she is barring people from entering her home is another red flag. Often people who are developing dementia symptoms are obsessed with money matters as well.
I know about the article. The stories in my first book, Connecting the Dots..., all point to the benefits of respecting and seeing the person with Alzheimer's as a person first, a person who cannot change what is happening to himself. The only people who can change the situation are the caregivers. When the environment adapts to the needs of the person with this disease, problems diminish. Both parties connect and communicate and may even feel happy. It's up to us to read the signals. However, harried caregivers find that a real challenge.View Thread
Has your Dad been checked for an infection or dehydration? If his symptoms suddenly worsened, it's often a sign of an additional medical problem.
A medication review is recommended by me as well as the timing of the medications. Also, is there a certain time of day or situation which aggravates his behavior? If someone notes when and where the agitation occurs, and who is there when it happens, you may be able to change the situation or timing so that he is less aggressive.
Aroma therapy with lemon or lavender scents also is relaxing.
Studies show that the most common reason for aggression among those with these illnesses is the inability to communicate what they are experiencing. Soothing music, lower noise can all help. I have other suggestions in my book.
The older I get, the faster time flies by! Spring is in the air, and it's a good time for you and your loved one to share the outdoors together. Studies show that being around trees relaxes the brain so enjoy!