Tag Archive | diagnosis

Knowing the type of Dementia Helps Everyone

Knowing the type of Dementia Helps Everyone

Changes in mood, thinking, and memory should be discussed with your primary care physician and diagnosed. It can benefit the individual as well as the care partners.

Dementia and the Importance of Medical Advocacy

Dementia and the Importance of Medical Advocacy

My Mom lives in an Assisted Living facility. She has moderate multi-infarct dementia. Last week I noticed a pretty major change in my Mom and requested that they test for a UTI.  They set her up with a visit with the doctor. They report they tested her and would start antibiotics giving me the impression […]

The Slow March of Dementia

The Slow March of Dementia

One of the additional challenges to dementia is the speed in which it progress. In my experience with two parents, one with Alzheimer’s and another with Vascular Dementia, they both progressed pretty slowly in hind-sight. I’ve been invited to speak at local libraries and community centers on the topic of caring for a loved one […]

The wait for a diagnosis

The wait for a diagnosis

It took several months and varied doctors to find that my Dad has a tumor in his mouth. We started with the Oral Surgeon who has referred us to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist and orders a CT Scan. It takes several days before we can get appointments. Our first is to get the […]

Do we tell mom and dad they have no short-term memory?

One of the things that has struck me about this journey is that when the psychologist finally confirms both parents have no short-term memory – I wonder for a few moments if we should tell them. For more than a decade, my mom always told us we wouldn’t have to worry about them; they were […]