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Old 03-14-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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Make an appt with a CNP or a PA, in your doctor's office/clinic, because you'll get more and better attention, and take a list of your husband's meds with you.

I agree with whoever said that coconut oil may help, and, also, it may be his meds -- he may be taking too many and/or they may not be interacting well with each other, and changes can be made. It also may be too-low B12, which is so easy to have in older age. (Everyone thought my neighbor's mother had dementia, and it was simply that her B12 was below 500.) Along with too-low Vitamin D. So the first thing I would do is have a blood test for B12 (results must be "well over 500") and for Vitamin D (results must be around 30).

Here's an article about dementia and coconut oil:

Coconut Oil: Effective in Treating Alzheimer's Disease?

Also read this too: When It’s Not Alzheimer

Whatever you don't, don't panic yet. There are many other things that it could be. [Including, unfortunately, the onset of Parkinson's.] But I bet it is something much more benign.

I hope for the best for you and your husband.
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Old 03-14-2015, 03:55 PM
 
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PS: Your CNP or PA or MD can do the testing for dementia, etc. I'd take a list of my meds to an old pharmacist in a mom-and-pop store (a pharmacist who has experience and time to give you). He would be a better judge of the meds and how they are working in combination. [Of course, I'm assuming your husband is taking at least some meds. Don't do this if he's not taking meds. :-)]
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:06 PM
 
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There is a self-administered test for early dementia developed by a researcher at Ohio State U Medical Ctr. It is called the SAGE test (Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam). It was once available online (may still be), as I downloaded it for use with my elderly mother. It doesn't take the place of a formal diagnosis; however, you may be able to get some clues from having your DH take the test.

Researchers Design Self-Test for Memory Disorders

ETA: I just found the the website that allows you to download the test:
SAGE: A Test to Measure Thinking Abilities | OSU Wexner Medical Center
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:13 PM
 
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OP it could be so many things causing whatever the problem your husband is having to say nothing about a potential move, but he may not have dementia. Get the doctors to do all tests to ID what it could be.

my Mom has diagnosed dementia and is in an assisted living facility. She was getting worse and my sister convinced the nurses and doctor to check her blood work for UTI. Sure enough that was it. After drinking lots of water and taking antibiotics she improved so much. She even remembered me which she has not for a year.

take him to the doctor and get him checked. state the problems but don't assume the diagnosis.
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Old 03-14-2015, 04:56 PM
 
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There is a self-administered test for early dementia developed by a researcher at Ohio State U Medical Ctr. It is called the SAGE test (Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam). It was once available online (may still be), as I downloaded it for use with my elderly mother. It doesn't take the place of a formal diagnosis; however, you may be able to get some clues from having your DH take the test.

Researchers Design Self-Test for Memory Disorders

ETA: I just found the the website that allows you to download the test:
SAGE: A Test to Measure Thinking Abilities | OSU Wexner Medical Center
The problem with these tests is that they will tell you only that you are cognitively impaired. They will not tell you why you are cognitively impaired. Just because I take a test for Alzheimer's/dementia and flunk -- that doesn't mean I have Alzheimer's/dementia. It means only that I'm cognitively impaired. There could be lots of reasons why I am CI, none of them having to do with Alzheimer's/dementia. And the odds of DH having CI from something much more benign than Alzheimer's/dementia are very good, especially before 80-85 years of age.

Just FYI: I remember my neurologist saying: If you walk into a room and don't remember why you walked into the room -- that's fine. If you walk into the room and don't recognize the room -- that's bad. If you can't remember why you are at the store, that's fine. If you don't recognize the store, that's bad. If you are driving along, in a very familiar area, and you suddenly don't know where you are, that's bad. Forgetting is not nearly as bad as being disoriented.

We're all scared (to a greater or lesser extent) of getting Alzheimer's/dementia. We tend to forget that it's not that common until we hit 80-85. Even then -- if we live that long -- only approx. half of us will develop some type of dementia, and it may take years before it becomes bad enough that we need to be in assisted living.

Do not let Big Pharma, the nursing home industry and the insurance industry scare you. Most of us are never going to get AZ/dementia. I'm not saying not to consider that it could happen to you (and me). I think we should look ahead and think about what we would do if we were diagnosed and then to reasonably prepare for that possibility. But it's a waste of time to live in fear that we're going to get it, because we're probably not.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:42 PM
 
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Come over to the Caregiving forum where there is alot of information.

IMO the first thing you need to do is see a neurologist and have a full workup . Cat scan etc.

My late stage dementia client can tell me ALL the verbal tests.

She's hilarious. She says "He always asks me this list of things (then names all of them)... and I remember the entire list I just can't remember the correct answers".

She recently deteriorated quickly after a new medication adverse reactions and if we didn't' get her CAT scan we never would have known that she suffered two recent strokes that showed up.

He could be having TIAs or a few other things. Even dehydration will affect the thought process and body, too.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:19 PM
 
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The problem with these tests is that they will tell you only that you are cognitively impaired. They will not tell you why you are cognitively impaired.
Such an excellent post. Reps.
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Old 03-14-2015, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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PS: Your CNP or PA or MD can do the testing for dementia, etc. I'd take a list of my meds to an old pharmacist in a mom-and-pop store (a pharmacist who has experience and time to give you). He would be a better judge of the meds and how they are working in combination. [Of course, I'm assuming your husband is taking at least some meds. Don't do this if he's not taking meds. :-)]
Your primary doctor is just the start. If he or she has concerns (or your concerns continue) please go to a neurologist (or neuropsychologist) for a full work up. Good luck.

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Come over to the Caregiving forum where there is alot of information.

IMO the first thing you need to do is see a neurologist and have a full workup . Cat scan etc.

My late stage dementia client can tell me ALL the verbal tests.

She's hilarious. She says "He always asks me this list of things (then names all of them)... and I remember the entire list I just can't remember the correct answers".

She recently deteriorated quickly after a new medication adverse reactions and if we didn't' get her CAT scan we never would have known that she suffered two recent strokes that showed up.

He could be having TIAs or a few other things. Even dehydration will affect the thought process and body, too.
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The caregiver forum is wonderful.
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Old 03-15-2015, 02:42 AM
 
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becareful self diagnosing. a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing,.

i can't even remember all the stuff i gave myself self diagnosing . last year it was MS .
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Surf City, NC
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Escort Rider, I had the exact same thing happen to me with the ATM. It was also years ago, so l wasn't worried about senility. I had used the number for years, but suddenly drew a blank. Once that happened, there was no retrieving it. Panic and anxiety, I guess. Since then, l carry the number written in code in my wallet. I've never had to use it, but I won't panic if it happens again.

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