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I have my 85 yr old mother living with me and she has been ill last 5 yrs.. also loss of memory most recently broke her hip .. but she keeps telling me she has awful nightmares.. at night I put her to bed with a lot of re assurance that she is safe and take her to nice places i.e. I always say where are we going tonigh Hawaii or Fiji and I paint a picture of us walking along the beach watching the sunset I dont know what else to do ?
Posted Mon, 24 Feb 2014 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer: She probably has dementia! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this very disturbing condition your mom has. from all the information you have presented, she most likely has dementia with personality changes. This is the bitter truth about this disease condition. A majority of persons with this condition have no known cause(Alzheimer) while in others, conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, head trauma, etc contribute to the onset of these disease manifestations. It is very troubling to see a loved one sudden take this turn. I understand your worries. I believe you are already doing a lot to stand by her and support her through these difficult moments. There is very little medical science can really do in order to halt the progress of this condition or reverse the course. The best approach, is to offer as much help and support as possible making every day count and keeping them safe because they really loss control over basic living principles. I will suggest you get her evaluated by a neurologist. The disease condition would be appropriately diagnosed and any possible aggravating factors investigated and managed accordingly. You would also receive help on how to care for what and what services are available in the community to help. I hope this addresses your query fully. Thank you so much for patronizing our services and please do feel free to ask for follow up clarifications and information if need be. I wish her the best of possible outcomes. Dr. Ditah, MD.
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