She does not live with me, but my cousin just moved in with her and my uncle who just passed 2 weeks ago. She has a lot of memory loss and extremely repetitive actions, all prior to my uncle passing. Doc did cat scan and said her brain looked normal for her age, put her on weekly B complex injections and large units of vitamin D. Wants to see her in 5 weeks, but my cousin doesn't know what to do to make her more comfortable. She becomes very anxious and emotional because she knows something is wrong with her memory. Is this a diet deficiency or is there more to this? He has so much on his plate, he doesn't know whether he's coming or going. He stays in constant contact with me because I listen and attempt to help as much as possible. I suggested today that he talk to the doctor again soon and make it clear just how extreme her condition is. Her oldest sister was diagnosed with Alzh and passed from it in her 80's. I was my mother's caregiver for 4 years and noticed the last year of her life that her memory had suffered dramatically. She would key in on something and not stop talking about it. However she passed from COPD. She also was a very light eater. Any suggestions or education would be greatly appreciated.
I had the same problem and I'm only in my 40's. Mine was caused by hormonal imbalance, hypo-thyroid, not enough oxygen 'flow' (lack of exercise) just to name a few. So...I started on Armour Thyroid, natural hormone replacement therapy, walking everyday for 20-60 minutes each day. I also had to stop drinking pop and consuming other sugars. 6 months later I'm 90% better. I also had to go on a regime of vitamins, etc. Such as Omega 3's, Vit C., multi-B complex, lecithin, Ginko Biloba, Vit. E and anything I could find for circulation. I realized there is a natural alternative to most health problems. Maybe do some research or take your aunt to a Naturopath.
Thank you for the replies! Very informative. I will pas this info to my cousin and hopefully he can get a handle on this situation.
This info also answered a lot of questions I still had concerning my Mom. Even though she is gone, this site has now helped me come to terms with everything that was happening the last year of her life. Wish I had found all of you earlier, but as any caregiver knows, things become overwhelming quickly.
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