I have been diagnosed with dementia syndrome and depression. I am 59 years old, recently fired from a 10-year healthcare job due to poor performance. (I was on overload).

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I am feeling better recently, and I am wary about trying Celexa, recommended by Dr. I have times when I forget names. I especially have problems with too many things at once. I had an accident the day prior to neuorological testing where I hit my head falling forward in a restaurant. I am keeping records regarding the accident and and the claim. Money is somewhat a problem since I am not working, but so far I am doing well. I will most likely move in with my partner, ( I have been staying with him since I was let go from the hospital job). There is some tension with the new living situation. I have insurance through Cobra. My daughter is 350 miles away and my son is in college, two hours away finishing his last quarter. My ex-husband has also been helpful. I want to stay as productive as possible. I have also been told that I may qualify for unemployment and possibly Disability. Any thoughts on my situation?

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Silverpop and ssp1663, thanks for the feedback regarding Celexa. I am soon scheduled to go back to my primary care doctor - I probably should try the drug.
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Celexa didn't help me so I quit taking it after three months and feel fine at the present time, but still waiting for my social security disability.
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Also: didn't mean to make your situation "all about me": I was mainly wanting to point out that there are ways to still get unemployment even if you get fired or walk out. I wasn't even going to fight for it, until a friend told me that I should. I was surprised that they reversed the decision in my favor. I have another friend that was fired, and challenged the denial: and at her appeal, nobody from the hospital showed up, so she was automatically awarded benefits. Good luck with your situation, I'm sorry you have to go through all this. Never, ever give up!!
P.S.--Celexa helped me tremendously--Don't rule out medication out of fear--you can always stop taking them if they aren't helping.
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ssp1663,
I can definitely understand how you felt in walking out in the midst of what appeared to be chaos. It seems that hospitals stretch their employees to the breaking point. I could feel my insides getting tighter and tighter as I was required to do more and learn more technology. I loved the patients, but as a respiratory therapist I found myself having to be at every birth, do outpatient testing such as heart monitoring and EKGs, running to the ER for codes and breathing treatments. What a lot of juggling. I would try to find someone to help out, but my department was only the manager and two other therapists on most days, and sometimes only two of us. I hope that my stress and feeling overwhelmed so much is due to stress and depression, rather than the diagnosis of Alzheimers. I will be seeing a counselor this week who will help my partner and myself. Thanks, everyone!
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i would go for any thing they offer you if this is the case get all the help you need don't let it go to far
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good for you I can relate to the shot nerves I was on prescription meds for nerves and chronic diarrhea!!! take care and as the kids would say... hang in there!!!
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I walked out on my job of ten years as a clerk on a med/surg unit at a hospital. Doing the work of 3 people for ten years, and the extreme over-stimulation of answering 400 call lights a day, and nonstop telephones, and constant interruptions by every person that walked by my desk, my nerves were shot, and my mental & physical health was in jeopardy. I pretty much just snapped, I didn't plan the walkout, I just snapped and ran for my life. I challenged the unemployment denial, and won. It's taken me a year to get my old self back. I now cannot handle any kind of job with ringing phones, or chaotic atmosphere w/o having panic/ high blood pressure attacks. Found a nice little job cutting lettuce for the salad bar at a health food store.
The law that was cited at my hearing, was "there was a change in the work load/job description that was unfavorable to the employee". (we had increased the floor census, and had become a telemetry unit, which increased patient flow)
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Hi I am really sorry this is happening to you... I was wrongfully dismissed from a position I had held for 13 yrs. I was able to collect unemployment for a short time while I found something else. I would encourage you to find a position that you can feel comfortable with...What caused you to fall? I am sure that the resturant has liablitity... take care...
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Hi again Carol!
Here is MORE info to look up that should help you!! But you really need to see a few specialits doctor's and test This web site that we are on has alot of info, which is where I got it from!! I am really trying very hard to get you help, because I care! My mother-law does have dementia and I do know alot about it!!

If you really have dementia and not dementia syndrome, the doctors just may take away your driving, due to memory loss and brain damage, plus it gets worse when your brain is destroyed! The judge just may appoint a guardianship to handle all your bills, checkbook and financial affairs. Have your will and power of attorney, because down the road you will forget! If you need to go to a nursing home, the state may take all your access, or you may go on Medicaid??? I don't know, so you need a real diagnoses and get better?

My hubby and I have been dealing with the last stages of dementia with my mother-law for many years now, so we learned the hard way. She is now in a nursing home and lost her home to the state. She had to give up her driving at age 65. so very hard on us!

https://www.agingcare.com/139753

https://www.agingcare.com/139753
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Yes, you can file for unemployment benefits, even online, in most states. A telephone interview with your previous employer, yourself and the State Unemployment representative will follow. At that time, you should be prepared to state your case for receiving benefits. Make notes, with times and dates, etc....and relay the incident with your employer at the time of your termination. The State Unemployment division will issue a decision concerning your rights and your employer's rights for any determination and appeal, if needed.
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