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Old 07-28-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I have my 93 year old mom with us and she has been doing spectacular until this past week. I have noticed she is a little confused in the morning and claims we have had company or a party, which is not the case. This morning at 2:00 a.m she called 911 and I awoke to a policewoman at our door and my two big dogs bouncing outside to greet her. My mom had claimed that a man with a knife was in her room and tore up all her bills. She also said he was stealing her furniture and it was piled up outside. She was fully awake while making these statements. When she got up again this morning she did not remember calling the police but said that a little man with a dog was in the house. Is this a sign of dementia or Alz? I have an appt for the doctor this week to evaluate her, but wondered if any others had experiences like this.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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This is actually very common in older folks who are in a different surroundings than the norm. In the hospital we called it 'sundowning' because it tends to be particularly bad at night.

You're doing the right thing by getting her to the doctor. Hope she's OK.
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:58 PM
 
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Have her checked for a urinary tract infection....can cause 'dementia' in the elderly.

I can't lay hands on the source to cite at the moment, but a UTI is worth looking into....

(this isn't the article I wanted to find, but this one may give you some insight)
http://seniors-health-medicare.suite101.com/article.cfm/elderly_dementia_and_delirium (broken link)

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Old 07-28-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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Make sure she is eating and drinking enough too.
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Old 07-28-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Thank you all for your input. She gets plenty of water and has a decent appetite for 93. I will certainly mention the UTI to the doc. Thanks again.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:16 PM
 
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My dad had similar things happen to him. He was 94 years old. I got him to the hospital and they said he was dehydrated and also need some oxygen. They told me that sometimes this happens when the elderly don't drink enough liquids and or are not getting enough oxygen in their system. Just a thought....
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