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Alzheimer's and the Single Child

My partner's mother has had a size medium case of the Alzheimer's for years now. The father passed away long ago, there are no other blood family to speak of, and my partner is feeling pretty crushed by feelings of guilt and anxiety. Short of a support group (no time) or a therapist (already got one), what're resources, techniques, and tools, from cognitive tricks to fictional books, that will help my partner deal with the serious guilt and anxiety of feeling like they're not doing enough? (Just to be clear: A) the mom is doing physically fine and has a great set up, this is not about her, but about their child, my partner, and B) my family and I are pretty great and help as much as we can, which is a lot; again, this is not about how to help the mom more, this is about helping my partner deal with feelings of guilt and anxiety that they are not doing enough.)
posted by anonymous on Sep 14, 2016 - 5 answers

How hard is it to create a "speed of processing" video game

Game used in study covered everywhere seems way overpriced. Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by Pembquist on Aug 1, 2016 - 8 answers

Simple CD player for a person with Alzheimer's

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's. She loves (and has always loved) music. But her old CD player just broke. I need to find a new CD player that is as simple as possible to use. Ideally, it would have just three buttons--open/close (to insert the CD), play, and stop--and it would be possible to connect it to external speakers (with or without a receiver is ok). She has excellent speakers and a huge CD collection. Can you suggest a specific player that meets these conditions? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 18, 2016 - 10 answers

More stories like Phil's (Season 2 of Grace and Frankie)?

I'm fascinated by Phil's backstory (spoilers below the fold) on season 2 of the Netflix tv show Grace & Frankie. Are there any novels, short stories, movies, or TV episodes with a similar theme? I'm an atheist, so "religious-inspirational" might not be my cup of tea, but I'll try it anyway. I really do want to read these stories. I'm not much interested in Phil's current story (spoilers below the fold) -- just his backstory. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Telling a Patient they have Alzheimer's

This is not anything I have to decide as it is about a close friend, not a relative, but there are several of us who have been friends since high school and we are very concerned about the friend who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers last year, but her daughter has made the decision for now not to tell her what the diagnosis is. Friend and daughter live across the country, so anything we can do is long distance, and we do not really know how to deal with this. [more inside]
posted by mermayd on Jan 28, 2016 - 18 answers

A good evening out

I'm giving a church-related dinner in a couple of weeks. Two people on the guest list happen to have neurological problems that make conversation difficult for them. I'm looking for advice on how to make sure they feel included in the conversation and enjoy themselves. [more inside]
posted by tully_monster on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers


My grandmother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She has been for at least a year or so. She's the only family member from that side of the family that I keep in touch with, and I live on the other side of the US. How do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Memory Loss

Please tell me everything that is known about preventing dementia. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 20, 2015 - 23 answers

help my friend Alzheimers-proof his house

My friend from this question needs advice and direction caring for his mom in her home. Her dementia is getting steadily worse, and last weekend she went wandering. [more inside]
posted by Koko on Feb 12, 2015 - 21 answers

alzheimers and moms: what's the latest?

I've just been reading a review of the latest film treatment of Alzheimers ("Still Alice"), which has the character inherit her early-onset version of the disease from her alcoholic father. But at least for a while, it seemed like the medical thinking linked Alzheimer's to mitochondrial DNA, so that it would be linked to the mother's genetic profile. I realize that it's a hideously complex disease, with or without alcoholism as a factor, but is the maternal-line theory valid?
posted by mmiddle on Jan 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Please help us get my mom into memory care!

Central Indiana - I need elder care help today! Please help us! [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on May 31, 2014 - 111 answers

Moving your parent to a Senior Living Home

My friend is faced with moving her mother to a 'Senior Living Home'. (Connecticut) A lot of factors led to this; tests and professional advice, safety concerns, Mom's reluctant consent etc. Daughter understands all this, and will be relieved by her Mom's move to full-time care, but at the same time feels devastated taking this action. Abandonment, loss of memory and communication...... While other family members have visited the location and are happy with it, we will be visiting soon for the first time. 1. What should we consider? Where can a consumer look for possible violations or complaints? 2. I never had to face this. How can I support her?
posted by ebesan on Mar 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Games for an Alzheimer's patient

My dad has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. For many years, our family has played games when we get together and my mom and dad played games among themselves often; they especially enjoyed cribbage. My mom tells me my dad can't play that anymore because he can't sustain the concentration over the course of the game. I'd like to get Dad a game for Christmas that he can play with my mom, or with my mom and sister, who also lives in the town my parents live. It would have to be simpler than cribbage, but ideally something you could still play over and over with enjoyment. I found an earlier question about gifts for Alzheimer's patients and also some resources online for that general question--but haven't found any suggestions for games specifically.
posted by layceepee on Dec 4, 2013 - 24 answers

Complicated Death, Complicated Grief

In mid-May, my mother, who was the primary caregiver for my father with Alzheimer's, died suddenly. We spent weeks trying to get my father into a suitable situation, which quickly ended up in his death (a long story, so please bear with me). I'm looking for ideas on how to cope with uncertainty amid tragedy. [more inside]
posted by carrienation on Oct 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Interacting with someone who has Alzheimer's and depression

I'm visiting my grandfather for the weekend at his nursing home and I'm frequently at a loss for what to say and do with him. He's always been a quiet, stoic guy, but compounding that is the fact that he has Alzheimer's, major depression, and he lost his wife (my grandmother) six weeks ago. If I ask him what he'd like to do or where he'd want to go, he has no idea. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Sep 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Whats the harm in giving out my DNA results?

I recently had my DNA analyzed by 23andme, and now a friend wants to write about my results as part of a story in a popular national magazine. Normally I'd be fine with this, but I have some concerns about future insurance effects, especially considering one of the results. What, if any, is the real danger in having my name being used with my real results? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2013 - 24 answers

I hate funerals

My grandfather's sister-in-law died and her funeral is this weekend. My family wants me to drive my grandfather down to the funeral. I would rather stick pins under my fingers. But I know I need to do this. Help me suck it up. [more inside]
posted by calcetina on Jan 2, 2013 - 57 answers

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent?

Less Expensive GPS Tracker for Dementia Parent? [more inside]
posted by leahpeah on Feb 23, 2012 - 16 answers

A merry question about funerals and late-stage Alzheimer's :(

How to handle the funeral/remberance of my father, with my mother who has late-stage Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Have antiperspirants been conclusively linked to cancer/Alzheimer's?

Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Dementia and the iPad

Dementia and the iPad: I've just purchased an iPad for my parents. My mother will take to it instantly, but my father has fairly advanced dementia. I want to load the device with apps he may find engaging. Research has revealed a few lists, but I'd love some suggestions based on actual experience.
posted by aladfar on Dec 17, 2010 - 4 answers

Good long-distance gifts for Alzheimer's patient in a nursing home?

What are some long-distance things I can do to make my grandma happy? She is in a nursing home with Alzheimer's. [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Sep 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Where can we find care for my Mom with Alzheimers?

Mom's Alzheimer's has us almost to the breaking point and we're not sure where to go from here. Where can we turn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2010 - 12 answers

What is the test for the APOE genotype that predicts Alzheimers?

My mother has alzheimers. I want to have the "APOE4" test done on myself to find out my likelihood of getting alzheimers. My doctor doesn't know much about this, and I am having trouble figuring out what test to ask for. [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Apr 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Where to find volunteer pen-pals for elders?

Mission of Mercy Filter: How can I find sources of cheery personal mail for my lonely elder Alzheimer's patient? I live with my mother-in-law who has middle stage Alzheimer's. She does a lot of sitting and staring. She has no attention span for books or magazines or TV. She lights up for visitors, dessert, church... and personal mail. I am looking for a service that arranges (basically, one-directional) "pen-pals" for elder shut-ins. She has just enough means to assure her basic care, but not much for extras. This would have to be a volunteer service like a charity or ministry. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Dec 26, 2009 - 53 answers

Yes, another gift question. Sorry.

What would be a good TV show to give to a person with Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 11, 2009 - 21 answers

How do I talk with a parent who can't recognize me?

How to talk and 'entertain' my mother (with Alzheimers) when she no longer recognizes me? [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Apr 12, 2009 - 16 answers

Where are you going, Ronaldo?

Help me identify a song my grandmother with Alzheimers sings sometimes: "Where are you going Ronaldo? I go to Las Vegas"... [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Feb 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Are there doctors who use Methlyene blue for Alzheimer's treatment?

I'm looking for a doctor (possibly within driving distance from Detroit), who might be comfortable talking about off-label treatments for Alzheimer's. Specifically, I'd like to get some qualified, knowledgeable info about Methylene blue. Thanks everybody.
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2008 - 5 answers

Why did my mom's personality change?

What the heck is wrong with my mother? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2008 - 23 answers

How will his liver cancer end...?

My grandfather has been diagnosed with a liver/pancreatic cancer that can't be operated on. How is this likely to play out? How do we deal with my grandmother afterwards? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Apr 10, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me feed an alzheimer's patient well

How can I improve my grandmother's nutritional intake with super simple-to-make foods? [more inside]
posted by missed on Feb 14, 2007 - 15 answers

Indentify this play about Alzheimers

Anyone know the name of a UK television play (1980s?) about people with Alzheimers, starring real patients and actors playing the patients' younger selves. Probably with period music.
posted by Pericles on Apr 27, 2006 - 4 answers

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