By Daniel Kuhn
This variation contains the most recent details on Alzheimer’s probability elements, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections through family. It additionally offers information regarding new medications authorized considering that 1999 and the federal government’s determination to hide counseling and different health-related companies via Medicare.
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In addition to the loss, the spouse can no longer help in taking care of the details of everyday life. In one case, a son describes how he first became aware that there was a serious problem with his mother after his father’s sudden death: “I knew [M]om was slipping a bit, but Dad rarely complained. He gradually took over most of the household tasks. After he died, Mom seemed really confused. She not only missed him on an emotional level but on a very practical level too. ” Any significant change in the routine of an affected person may be sufficient to bring out the symptoms of AD.
All my efforts to reassure did not help. Only later did I understand this behavior as a symptom of her disease. In another case, Joan’s mother-in-law accused her of stealing some of her clothing. “It was preposterous to imagine that I would be interested in her clothes. She apparently misplaced some of her things and decided to blame me for some strange reason. She was convinced that I was at fault. 10 Diminished sex drive is probably the biggest issue. Men may have difficulty attaining or maintaining an erection, while women may experience lack of vaginal lubrication.
After that, there wasn’t really anything until last spring when I noticed she was forgetful, leaving purses, not taking messages, and she was not as neat with her appearance. Nothing drastic, but something was different. Also, people who didn’t see her frequently would ask me what was wrong with her. They said she wasn’t the same person—she wasn’t outgoing or fluid with her speech and movement and thinking. I think it was the fact that other people were telling me that my wife had changed that made me aware of the fact that she was having these problems.
Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers by Daniel Kuhn