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Re: Dementia and Hallucinations

@Jo1313 , I am sorry you are going through this.  I lost one sister at the age of 59 to early onset Alzheimer's.  She was always talking about people looking in the windows.  I have another sister starting to show signs of this as well.  It is so sad to watch.  Sending you strength as you deal with this.  It never helps to argue or disagree with them about their hallucinations.  LM

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Re: Dementia and Hallucinations

My brother has Parkinson's and dementia.  When he first started out he had a lot of hallucinations and would call and he would ask me if they were true and I said just to you.  He would say I thought so.  That was in the beginning and now he is in Memory Care and can not focus on a subject for very long but still knows who I am.  Still sees things that are not there but not like before.  I'm sure his medications help.

It is painful to see my brother like this.  Just turned 69 last week.  Worked hard and had many plans like we all do when it is time to retire.

 

I'm am sorry for your struggles and your loved one has something going on.

 

My husband gets a lot of uti's and I know it makes him confused and tired and I see a big difference when he has one.  

It is hard to be a caregiver at times.  Just want to go outside sometimes and scream as loud as I can.  Getting older sure isn't what it is cracked out to be.  

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Yup. During my dad's last months he had a lot of hallucinations. My brother and I (we were his caretakers) have many stories of people that were there only in his mind. I knew his days were numbered once these became more and more vivid and frequent. 

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As others have said, it's a classic symptom of Lewy Body dementia. My mother had it. She'd see birds flying around her room. She'd see people who weren't there. It's not a good form of dementia. Neurologists will often use hallucinations as the defining symptom of Lewy Body dementia. And sadly, it doesn't get better.

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My heart goes out to all who have experienced this horrible disease and their relatives and caretakers.

 

I'm afraid some sort of this may be ahead for most of us, one way or another. Cat SadWoman SadHeart

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@kindred cats wrote:

My heart goes out to all who have experienced this horrible disease and their relatives and caretake

 

 

 

 

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I'm afraid some sort of this may be ahead for most of us, one way or another. Cat SadWoman SadHeart

 

 

@kindred cats 

 

And you say that based on?

 

hckynut   =^..^=


 

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@hckynutjohn .... I'm beginning to see some mental decline in my husband.  My best friend is also seeing the same in hers.

 

Granted, my husband has had multiple major surgeries in the last 5 years.  So that hasn't helped, however, we went through it with one of his parents also.

 

So far, so good most of the time I'm happy to say....Cat Happy

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I'm afraid some sort of this may be ahead for most of us, one way or another. Cat SadWoman SadHeart

 

@hckynutjohn @kindred cats 

 

John I read the remark as a reference to pregression of life.

As we age and those around us age we will be more likely to encounter issues of dementia with loved ones. 

 

We had a dear friend who took his own life after his diagnosis of Lewy body dementia. 

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@granddi wrote:

I'm afraid some sort of this may be ahead for most of us, one way or another. Cat SadWoman SadHeart

 

@hckynutjohn @kindred cats 

 

John I read the remark as a reference to pregression of life.

As we age and those around us age we will be more likely to encounter issues of dementia with loved ones. 

 

We had a dear friend who took his own life after his diagnosis of Lewy body dementia. 

 

 

@granddi 

 

I took that statement to mean that "it is an inevitable part of life". My outlook has never changed over multiple decades. Regardless of what one deals with when it comes to health, physical and mental, what "might be's" are never in my thought processes. 

 

When serious health issues have come up many times in my life, I dealt with them with optimism. My recovery progresses were never more than a day by day.

 

I have lived my entire adult life, even younger, living in the present and changing all I can to attain a more fruitful present. Doing so could effect my future. If it does, I will deal with it the best way I can.

 

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My father did that.  We finally look him to the hospital.  He kept insisting he had guests and he wanted us to provide them with a meal among other things.  

 

Long story short.  He had a cold and was taking cold tablets.  He was not passing urine correctly because he had an undiagnosed UTI and prostrate issues.

 

Sometimes simple OTC drugs can cause issues or even RX drugs that a person has been on for a while.  Has his prostrate been checked for problems and has he been passing water as often as he should?