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Sudden Onset Alzheimer's

My beloved sister was dxd with Sudden Onset Dementia (Re: Alzheimers a year ago at 63).  Short-term memory loss.  How short term is short term?  She doesn't remember her appts. I'm trying to read up on how to deal with her now.  The thing is she's absolutely terrified unless her husband is home, which he is trying to be as much as possible.  He started FMLA recently and he is planning to retire a bit early.

Has anyone heard of these terrors she is having?  They're horrible.  If it's a medicine mix-up then it's time there is progress!  I see a neurologist for Multiple Sclerosis and he's never heard of Alzheimers so young, but that's not his specialty.

Please help if you're able.  Thanks.


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212161 tn?1599427282
hi, i am so sorry she's going threw this, my mom was the same way and they put her on a anxiety med that keep her calm, its so sad for them as they don't know whats going on with them, glad she's going to a Dr so they can help ya out, just be there for her and keep telling hear sheds ok and ya are there for her, she needs that secure feeling . ... HEART
Thank you heartfluttersflyawayplz.  It's odd that my sis' terror attacks linger on.  I don't know what the holdup is.  Since I do study on how to treat these people my sis does respond to me quite well.  I have no need to correct her; if she's struggling finding the correct word I give her time to come up with it before suggesting one (if I have one). I count a great deal on the Alzheimers Reading Room online especially the tale of Dotty as told by her son.

It means so very much to me that you gave me a reply.  Blessings to you and your Mother.  I hope your heart flutters fly away soon.

hows your sister doing now, prayers all is going smooth as i know its not easy, i now have my 93 year old father in law in my living room with the same thing plus cancer so living day to day with him and trying to give him the best life he can have right now, thank you my heart flutters come and go right now gone lol. hope ya have a great day
212161 tn?1599427282
Hi, so sorry your going threw this. i have been threw this and its a hard part of life, the terrors are so real to her and you have to be there and keep telling her its ok, she's safe and nothing is going happen, sometimes i had to kill my moms terrors so she would feel better, call the police ( pretend) to make her feel safe, with Dementia and Alz you need to go into her world, if it does not hurt her let her do it. don't take every thing away from her, her world will crash, we let mom still was clothes but we were there to help her, sweep the floors etc things like that. short term for my mom was forgetting what she had ate 5 mins ago, their long term is good my mom could remember when she was 5 but not what she just did 5 mins before , put up all meds and anything she can hurt herself with, for example my mom would drink hand sandentizer hurt her throat ,  they don't remember so you are their protecter . find things for her to take up her time if you can, walks are great. its not a easy task and it breaks your heart each day something will be different in her.   just let her know your there for her, join her in her world, i used to tell my mom she was so tired because we had been shopping all day, anything to help her get threw her day. when mom lost her words she loved us threw her eyes and hands we held her hand a lot that way she knew she was safe.  get lots rest and eat good and the main caretaker will need breaks everyday. its harder on them than it is the person who has it.  here if you need to talk..... Heart
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