lindakins2 Asked August 2010

How long can a 90-year-old woman stay in her own house after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's?

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Jancat Jun 2012
I care for a 90 year woman with alzheimers. She is fairly healthy otherwise, but has stopped feeding herself, forgets how to use a straw(stroke yrs. ago and and has swallowing problem). She will eat a little if I feed her, but not near enough as she should. She goes into her own world, and I am loosing ways to stimulate her. Has almost 24 hr care. I need ideas for her to maybe spark memories, make her happier and GET HER TO EAT. Pleas , can someone help me.
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Pandoralou Aug 2010
We just moved my 89 year old mother with Alzheimers to assisted living. She did not want to go and does not want to stay, but we could not let her live alone any longer. She was not safe. This is such a difficult decision and you will need lots of support in it. If she is, like my mother, leaving pots boiling on the stove, forgetting to lock the doors, leaving food to spoil in the refrigerator, forgetting to shower, wearing the same clothes day after day, the time is now.
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MiaMadre Aug 2010
I COMPLETELY AGREE!!! If you are unaware of the limitations once one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, please educate yourself. Alzheimer's isn't about just forgetting HOW to do things, but WHY and WHEN and WHERE too.

Most likely if this person was 'just' diagnosed with Alzheimer's it has been going on for years and years! It is a progressive disease that does not get better and can present many challenges.

Get a "care plan" in place and get some help quickly. Be prepared as our other 'poster DEEFER12' stated. Get medical information complied, and advance directives should something medical happen. Talk to other family members (if there are any) and make a plan.

There are tons of books, articles and information on sites like this one, the www.alz.org website and hundreds of other websites regarding how to make CARE PLANS for your mother.

Be proactive... don't delay.
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deefer12 Aug 2010
She should not be left alone at all!!! There are many risks involved. She no longer is capable of even the simplest decisions. She will not understand safety issues, and will start to forget how old she is and how to do everyday things. She could fall, forget to eat, forget to take meds, etc. She should not be doing any cooking for obvious reasons. Did you go to the doctor with her? Did he tell you what to expect? This is a great site for information, and you can always ask her doctor for groups in your area that can help you decide what to do next. For now, make sure someone is always checking in on her. Bring her meals, and make sure she gets her meds. You have much to discuss with your family and need to come up with a plan to keep her safe.
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