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  • 2/20
    2017

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Do you recommend any books about Alzheimer's for children?

    Our grandchildren are 7 and 10 and are having a hard time understanding what their grandmother has and why she is the way she is. Are there any books addressing these issues written for their age group? What a wonderfully concerned grandparent you are! There are many books for not only the ages your grandchildren […] read more

  • 2/17
    2017

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Can Mom really not do certain tasks or does she just not want to?

    Mom, diagnosed with moderate cognitive impairment, who has never had a strong healthy regimen, is starting to lie to me about performing tasks (that I know she is capable of doing), and I find myself constantly asking, is this something she can't do anymore or won't do anymore? Examples: wash your hands with soap when […] read more

  • 1/26
    2017

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    When is the right time to start exploring assisted living facilities?

    Last year my mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia at only 61 years old. She had to leave her job as a nurse of 20 years, she can't drive anymore, and has virtually no short-term memory. I am paying for my aunt to be with her 20 hours per week, and her partner is […] read more

  • 11/21
    2016

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    How can I get my Mom to eat?

    Mom has developed a poor perception of thinking she has eaten and is full. It is now increasingly difficult to get her to even drink ensure. She will take a few small sips and then say,"I just ate a big lunch I'm full." She is losing weight rapidly and I think I have tried everything. […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    Is there any treatment for snoring with a very loud waling sound while exhaling?

    Is there any treatment for snoring with a very loud waling sound while exhaling? My mom needs someone near her when sleeping, but I cant sleep in a bed next to her with this sound. Any suggestions? There are treatments, and you will have to visit your family doctor to get started. Chances are your […] read more

  • 11/14
    2016

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Who is qualified to diagnose a person?

    Who is qualified to diagnose a person, do you first start with the family doctor? Typically it is a family doctor who gets the initial visit to figure out if something more needs to be tested, looked at or determined. Most patients go to the family doctor seeking answers. Then, upon reviewing the symptoms, the […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    Is Mom's anxiety related to her dementia?

    Hello. I am trying to find out if the anxiety (almost panic attacks) my mom has when we try to take her for a walk are related to her dementia? She's 79 and capable of walking, but consistently doubles over with chest pain and wants to return home. She's been thoroughly checked out by the […] read more

  • Answered by Karen Garner:

    What will happen this year with my Mum who's in year 7 of Lewy Body Dementia?

    Mum has Lewy Body dementia, is 73 and was diagnosed 2013. She lives in Ireland with my stepfather who refuses to let her leave to live in England with her 4 children or go into care. She has 1 hr a day help along with 3 days in a day centre. He is struggling but […] read more

  • 8/22
    2016

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    How can I change my dad's resistance to shower?

    My dad is in memory care. Lately he has been refusing to shower or shave. He has urinary incontinence due to prostate cancer surgery so showering is a must! The aides just ask and when he digs in they just let him not shower! How can we change this behavior? Unfortunately this is a very […] read more

  • 8/12
    2016

    Answered by Karen Garner:

    Can you give me some strategies/suggestions for dealing with the shame and embarrassment that Mom's behaviours sometimes cause?

    My mother is in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's, and her behaviour in public can be socially inappropriate (e.g., talking to people she does not know, inappropriate jokes as well as jokes they don't understand, handing people chocolates from her purse). It is difficult to distract her or get her to stop. My question is: […] read more

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