Just joined this community. I'm the caregiver/daughter to my mother (for 17 months) who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers/Dementia. She was prescribed Namenda/Aricept combination and after two months showed no improvement. Mom no longer takes the Namenda but is still taking one dose of the Aricept daily.
Mom had cataracts in both eyes, her doctor rated her as a 10 on a scale of 1-7. Last Tuesday she had the first eye implant done, today was the first day she has noticed (& expressed) that she can see better such as the clock accross the room (didn't believe that it was 10:30am and she had just woke up) she could see the flowers outside in the garden (which she hadn't commented on for months.) The jury is still out (Dr. hasn't given us the verdict) as to whether he will proceed with the 2nd eye surgery tentaively schedule for early November. Mom is 85 years old and no longer expresses many pleasurers in her life. She shows little interest in TV (except for Music on PBS occasionally,) she no longer reads because of the lack of memory function. Mom still enjoys her food, sometimes I am astonished at the speed with which bananas and toast disappear from her kitchenette.
I have found that daily rides in the golf cart is something that gives her a sense of pleasure. It's open and the wind blows through her hair, we live in a community that is hilly and she likes the sense of speed we the cart picks up speed going downhill (it's electric and uphill is slow going for sure.)
It's frustrating to keep trying and to find so little that makes a difference for her. Working hard with little to show for it!View Thread
Thanks for your kindness. We're getting ready for a cart ride now. Actually mom likes JigSaw Puzzles. She also likes to play with the scrabble board.
I'll try more music, she has a lot of music available but doesn't remember that it's available. It just occurred to me that she has probably forgotten how to turn it on. I often get caught up in the daily necessities of cleanup. Thanks for the reminder!View Thread