Altzheimers..Do you know someone who has it? How are they coping

United States
November 2, 2006 7:28pm CST
How many of you know someone with Altzhiemers? I worked with a lady who had it for 6 years..so I feel I know lots about this disease..
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@stezieb (2185)
• United States
3 Nov 06
My grandmother has Alzheimers. It is a terrible disease, she has had it for quite awhile and is in the end stages. She doesn't remember anyone or how to do anything. She doesn't remember her own children or even simple things like how to speak and eat. She is in a nursing home because she needs 24/7 care. It is extremely sad, I would give anything to have her the way she was before. She basically raised me, she no longer recognizes me or gets to see things like me graduating. I hate the disease.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
I understand but be comforted in knowing that she remembers things that are far past..she might remember you as a little child.. I have enclosed a link here..It's the site for Alzheimers: http://www.alz.org/ +
• United States
3 Nov 06
I've worked in personal care homes. It's so sad when people get altzheimers. When they have it really bad, they have no clue what they're doing. :(
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• United States
3 Nov 06
That is so true..they don't know..but thanks be to God for good care providers..It takes lots of patience to care for one of them;)+
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@sabrinam (1204)
• United States
3 Nov 06
My grandmother has Alzheimers', she's in a home now. We kept her at home with my uncle for as long as we could, but she started getting lost and we took her license, and then she started giving away things that didn't belong to her. The doctors said she would stay the same for a long time because of how her medications are. Unfortunately I haven't seen her in a while but we're building a house and as soon as it's finished I'll be seeing a lot more of her. I miss the way she used to be though.
• United States
3 Nov 06
I know how that is..The lady who I cared for always was wanting to go home ..somewhere different ..to her first home and was always calling for people long gone.. It is a very lonely disease ..since for them everything they see is real..and that we do not see it;is torture for them..You have to pretend alot with an altzheimer's patient and never tell them what they say they see or did is wrong;)+
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@DijonB (29)
• United States
3 Nov 06
My great grandmother has altzhiemers.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
Have you ever visited her? Do you notice anything about her as she gets older .?
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@gittabest (1949)
• Iceland
3 Nov 06
My grandmother has it :(
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• United States
3 Nov 06
What you need to do is continue to visit her..Bring her things that she might remember of value from the past..Like photo albums.. Don't ever say to her that she is wrong if she tells you things from the past..like they are happening today..Agree with everything she says and that will give her much peace.;)+
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
3 Nov 06
I don't know anyone who is actively suffering right now, but I've known some in the past, and it's a terrible disease. The president of the company I used to work for had it. Most of his life he had been a very intelligent, dignified man, but Altzheimers robbed him of all dignity. I'm sure that given the choice he would have preferred dying right off to living the way he spent his final years.
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• United States
3 Nov 06
I dont know about dying right off.. They have moments, as I can attest, that they are very clear.. Really it is those who have this that can tell us most of our past..They live in the past..way back there in there earliest years. +
@annieroos (1846)
• United States
3 Nov 06
No i haven't know anyone who has it.... I hear its very hard to cope with..
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• United States
3 Nov 06
It's hard both for the one who has it and for the caretaker. I took care of a lady who had this..I watched her from the beginning stages to the very end where she had lost everything.. We must pray for all these people and their caregivers;)+
• United States
3 Nov 06
My mother had this. I watched a very strong willed independant lady to turn into a child. :(
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• United States
3 Nov 06
I understand and I am sure she knew deep down something was wrong ..I wonder what is the cause of Alzheimers.. It would be interesting to find out the common thread amongst all who have gotten this terrible disease . +
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
3 Nov 06
No, I do not know anyone that has Altzheimers. I think we had a student at my office that had it but not sure.
• United States
3 Nov 06
If it was a student that is awful young;)+ It can happen in younger years but often times it is associated with aging;)+
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@pusiket (1759)
• Philippines
27 Nov 06
only ali. :]
@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
27 Nov 06
my grandmother has it, she has little note pads all over the place to remind her of things.
@prasad1961 (5603)
• India
27 Nov 06
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Currently available medications offer relatively small symptomatic benefit for some patients but do not slow disease progression. This is latest position. I'm sorry to reveal this.
• United States
3 Nov 06
My grandfather has it, we all saw it coming, but he was only recently diagnosed. He has a lot of good days, but his bad days are really bad. It breaks my heart to watch him. I can't imagine what it will be like in a few years when he has to go in a nursing home and can't remember things.
@terriann (4458)
• United States
3 Nov 06
My grandmother has had it for about four years now, she copes with it prttey good, she ahs to be lead because she is blind now from Diabieties, she is 579 years old she says,and her Birthday is everyday.She remembers alot of the christian songs, she used to sing, and she always says she is ready to go when the lord tkes her.She will be a 100 years old in January.