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How to block outgoing calls

My Grandmother has dementia. She calls her old phone number 20+ times a day to ask for a ride home. Unfortunately, this number is now used by a business, the owner of which is not too pleased with the multiple phone calls a day. [more inside]
posted by backwords on Mar 6, 2014 - 30 answers

 

Controlling phone usage

An elderly parent is suffering from an illness which impairs lucidity and judgment, and make inappropriate use of the phone (running Android Taking the phone away is a last resort. Do others have experience of managing this? Are there any technological or human hacks we could use to manage this without distressing them? Not US based, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by sockofdreams on Nov 3, 2013 - 21 answers

Should I vote for Mom with Dementia?

My mom has dementia. For the last 5-6 years, I've helped her fill in her mail-in ballot. We've talked about her choices (to the best of her ability). This is the first election where I feel that she can't participate in choosing who to vote for. I've brought it up with her, but she isn't engaging at all. However, I know how she would want to vote. Voting in every election since she became old enough has been a tremendous point of pride for her. She's always been an engaged and active participant: walking precincts, helping with mailings, going to candidate forums (until the dementia really took hold). Part of me feels like I would be honoring the person she was by casting this ballot (probably the last one), but part of me feels that by casting her ballot without any participation from her, I'm committing fraud. What say you, wise Mefites?
posted by agatha_magatha on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

What to do when a supervisor is facing dementia?

One of my friends has a supervisor (director of a non-profit) that is showing major signs of dementia. He forgets what happens in meetings, doesn't do tasks he is supposed to do, forgets what keys are to be used for which locks, etc. It is hurting the organization, and hurting her in particular because it is causing her to have major burnout taking care of everything going wrong. She is also worried about how she can get him to take better care of himself, and recognize/treat what is happening. He is married with no kids. What should/can she do? FWIW this is in Texas. *Let's assume we know there is a real cognitive decline, not just stress, etc.
posted by powerbumpkin on Sep 23, 2013 - 16 answers

How can we get my mom to eat?

My mom had a stomach tube placed before radiation for throat cancer, because she had previously lost 20 pounds (she's 4'10", so that's a lot to lose) after surgery for the same cancer. She's now a month out of radiation, eating very very little (like 2 bites a meal) and getting most calories from feed tube. She had relatively mild dementia before all this; it's now progressed to pretty severe short term memory loss, though she is still on pain meds (vicodan) which could be skewing things. She is in skilled nursing but medicare will no longer cover and the recommendation is for a long term nursing home placement. [more inside]
posted by Cocodrillo on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Elderly parents filter: One healthy, one not so much

My in-laws cannot live 120 miles from us on their own any longer. This is true. My mother-in-law is relatively healthy and 73 with all her mental faculties. My father in law is physically very healthy and 83 with dementia. Where do they live together? Snow flurry inside. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Paranoia = Dementia?

My parents sort of lost it after the 2004 election. I think they're getting even more out of touch and I don't know what to do as they age. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2013 - 33 answers

Grandpa must be crazy pt. II

My previous post from 2007 gets the sequel treatment. Here's the post. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on May 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Brother with dementia needs help in processing his email - any advice?

I just spend an hour searching for a site I found a few months ago and 'have come up with nothing. My 80 year old brother who has moderate vascular dementia wants to be able to process his email again but it is just beyond him. [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Apr 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Advice for adult children of mentally-not-all-there parents?

How do balance respecting a parent's age and experience and treating them well when they aren't acting their age? Sorry for the length. I am not sure how to make it shorter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Sick and elderly father is not competent, has crushing debt. Now what?

My father had a profound stroke. He now has severe dementia and delusions. Sibling and I need to get power of attorney and also speak with a lawyer to determine long-term issues and help get rid of his crushing debt. Do I need an elder law attorney or an estate planning attorney, and what else might I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I support Mom through Dad's failing mental health?

My Dad is in his late 60's and through some combination of age, TIA's, and overmedication, he is at some times out of it and inappropriate, and at all times tired and lethargic. My Mom is struggling horribly with this as she's unwilling to see herself entirely as a caretaker, and she enables him with regards to alcohol and drugs, and beats up on herself over things she can't control. I'd like to support her and give her good guidance without being overly harsh. [more inside]
posted by ftm on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Not playing in Peoria

I have to go to Peoria, IL for a week starting February 6 to tend to the affairs of my mother, whose dementia is getting worse. I grew up there but I haven't been back for years, and when I did go back I stayed at Mom's. Now there is no room at Mom's because she's in assisted care. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by caryatid on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Riddle me this.

Good puzzle book (or series of books) for bright senior mom with mild confusion/dementia? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jan 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for newer iPad apps for Dementia

My father is 91, speaks English and an avid TV-viewer. He had never been into word games or games like Sudoku or board games. He used to play golf till his early eighties. .From the mini- metal state test he has moderate dementia and we are hoping that together with the Aricept that he is on, some 'engaging' apps ( as someone put it ) might stave off deterioration of his cognitive functions. [more inside]
posted by kryptos on Nov 17, 2012 - 7 answers

Only child with aging parents far away

How do I take care of my aging parents long distance? I'm an only child with small children of my own and feel alone in this situation. [more inside]
posted by percor on Nov 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Sadfilter: Helping an elderly parent/grandparent realize they can never go home.

Strategies for helping an elderly parent, who is living in assisted living, realize/come to terms with the fact that moving home will never be an option and it is now time to sell that home? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Oct 11, 2012 - 21 answers

How to cope with grandma's dementia.

Looking for resources regarding dementia/Alzheimer's for my family. [more inside]
posted by itsacover on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

My father is acting weird. What's regular old man crotchety behavior vs. pathological behavior?

My father is getting up in years, and on a recent trip I noticed he's been acting differently. I don't have many elderly contacts so I'm unsure how much of this is normal old man behavior and how much is possible pathology. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me work out a plan for Dad's house

Advice sought on packing up, clearing out and selling my dad's home, and on experiences with aged care in Australia. [more inside]
posted by andraste on Sep 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Is there a good substitute for family connection?

How can I help my grandma feel less lonely? She has dementia and alzheimers, but it still pretty together most of the time. She should be surrounded by family, but isn't- we are all so spread apart. . . [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Aug 25, 2012 - 13 answers

Mother's memory loss

How to talk to my mother about her encroaching dementia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2012 - 14 answers

How to deal with an elderly parent going senile?

Suggestions for dealing with an elderly parent who appears to be going senile? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 1, 2012 - 10 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

Help us get mom into a long term care facility

What words can we say to convince my dad that he needs to place my mom in a long term care facility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2012 - 11 answers

Is it her? Is it not her? Is it sort-of her? What do we do?

My grandmother in the process of dying is suffering through a sudden dementia?... delirium?... from her medical condition that is causing her to be extremely belligerent and hurtful to those around her. We know this "isn't her," but we don't know what to do, what time to spend with her, what is going on. I'm looking for perspectives on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Email solution for an older person with (minor) dementia.

My grandma has been socially reliant on email for a decade or so now -- she emails her sister, her children, and her grandchildren. She's pretty deaf, so emails have been an especially good way of keeping in touch, as none of us live near her these days. Unfortunately, she's forgetting things now (she's 93), so what used to be possible for her now seems less so. What to do? [more inside]
posted by feckless on Nov 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Need help designing an OSX based solution to help manage my 85 year old Dad

We'd like to use our OSX-populated home network to automate a bulletin board solution for my Dad. If you can suggest OSX-based tools to do this, it'll help me learn OSX and become a better person! (more Mac-y) [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Aug 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Trying to brace myself for the next blow

What can I expect, now that my father's been diagnosed with Multi-Infarct Dementia? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Aug 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Early on-set dementia and the intellectually disabled?

Sister with Sundowners and growing signs of dementia. What to do? Any experience with the intellectually disabled and early onset dementia? Any experience with early onset dementia at all? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Can delusions be resolved?

Is it possible to address the emotional underpinnings of my grandma's delusions? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Jun 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Dementia

Is it possible for dementia or Alzheimer's symptoms to come and go? [more inside]
posted by Scoops on Apr 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Aphasia --> what?

Based on the limited information that I have, is there any way to predict the progression of my mom's symptoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Demented old dog

Old, physically healthy dog and dementia. How did that go for you? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck on Jan 31, 2011 - 15 answers

What's causing my dad to act this way? What can I do to help him?

For several years now, my father, in sporadic bursts, has been acting very strangely. I'm not sure what is causing him to act like that, and I'm not sure what to do about it, so I'm looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2010 - 19 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

What is an appropriate Christmas present for someone with (mild to moderate) dementia?

What is an appropriate Christmas present for someone with (mild to moderate) dementia? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Nov 29, 2010 - 17 answers

How to help dementia and paranoia

My mother is suffering from dementia and interaction with her is becoming very difficult. Suggestions or advice please? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Oct 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Picture phone for elderly/senior products in Los Angeles

Picture phones for the elderly and places to buy them in Los Angles? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Aug 14, 2010 - 1 answer

Will the iPad keep my parents from becoming senile?

My 65-year-old parents just purchased an iPad. They've never owned Mac products before and are learning a new language of interacting. It got me wondering whether this modern era, with greater access to information and new technologies to discover, will ward off dementia, and if so, to what extent. Any research or experience in that regard?
posted by Josh Coe on May 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Resources for primary caregivers -- what can I do for my mom?

My grandma has dementia...but it's my mom I'm worried about. How can I help a caregiver from afar? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on May 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Help with our demented dog.

Dog dementia - help! [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 28, 2010 - 40 answers

Need insurance advice for mom with dementia

Have you ever disenrolled from a HMO (Kaiser) that manages your Medicare to straight Medicare? A lot of people have told me if I do this, it will be easier to find my mom a nursing home. She has dementia/behavior difficulties. Looking for insurance advice specific to California/Medicare/Medi-Cal/dementia nursing homes. [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Mar 17, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I help my psychotic, delusional elderly mother?

I don't know how to help my mother, who is relatively recently diagnosed with dementia, but showing psychotic and delusional symptoms. Short-term skilled nursing care wants to release her to board-and-care, and I know this won't work. How can I (and should I) get my mom committed to a psych ward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 4 answers

How should I respond to a delusional email from my mother who is suffering from paranoia?

How should I respond to a delusional email from my mother who is suffering from paranoia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 23 answers

Activities/tasks/distractions for my grandmother?

I'd like ideas for activities/tasks/distractions for my demented grandmother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

How to find a geriatric care manager?

Does anyone have any experience engaging and / or working with a geriatric care manager for an elderly relative or friend? My sister and I need some help (and a little moral support) with respect to dealing with our mother, who has mild dementia (and lives in Nassau County, New York). Any suggestions with respect to finding, evaluating and / or working with one would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks to the hive!
posted by SuzB on Sep 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Who am I really?

Facebook has an application dedicated to Top Five lists called Living Social. I find it distressing that, when attempting to list five things – books, for example – according to how highly I rate them, I can’t seem to do it. Quotes, a particular love of mine, are also problematic. As are memories, foods and anything else you might feel compelled to ask me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2009 - 18 answers

What's Making My Mother Paranoid

My mother has become increasingly paranoid recently. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 8 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

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