Taking care of a SPOUSE who has dementia/Alz.

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It seems most all questions/answers here are from children of parents who have dementia of some sort. Is there a discussion board for spouses of the person with dementia? We are both in our 70's, been married 49 years and now I am taking care of my husband, every day there is a challenge in some way. I am very stressed from trying to keep him happy and healthy. It seems now I have to do everything around our home and it is wearing me out.

I would love to find a message board where others are in the same situation as I am so would more easily understand the problems I go through.

Thank you.

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Betsy1 I can't imagine how you are able to do this-7 years! I'm 60 and my husband was diagnosed about 1 year 3 months ago. Although I noticed things about 6 years ago but thought it was adjusting to retirement. I'm scared silly at what comes next.
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I am I the same boat. I do have aides, however, but it is extremely expensive. A memory care facility may be less. I understand completely your stress. This is 7th year I have lived with my husband in this condition and I, too, am stressed out. He is 83 and I am 81.
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Hi moondance! Peacefully and different. I like that. Must admit peacefully is probably the hardest for me past month. I'm learning that some conversations are better left out. Yes, I get the "out to lunch" thing. Sometimes out to "breakfast and dinner" too! :) . It's just hard to adjust thoug, isn't it? Thank-you for sharing and some good advice. Hopeyoyou're day is as good as possible.
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May I offer you me?

I am dancing through the 70th year on planet earth.
My husband, 64 years old, has solvent dementia.
I am a Registered Nurse, very active.

Got the background??

I choose to move out of the house a few years ago & into the guesthouse on our property.
I do not like labels.
Shall I just say, he is out to lunch 98% of the time & I become the "Enemy"~
I don't TAKE most of it PERSONALLY~sometimes I feel as if I am talking to a brick. Or being hit with with one...(not literally)
I just stopped talking to him. I started to use sign language~AMAZING HOW HE WAS ABLE to pick up on that one????????????????????? He responds with the appropriate sign language~Imagine that?
This is a good place to vent, ask for support or advice.
We are all in this together.
Different things work on different days, DIFFERENTLY!
Peacefully & different are 2 of my favorite words~they speak volumes.
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Just recently found this site. I am 60 , my husband is 70 and he was diagnosed with FTD by nueropsycologist and Alzheimer's by nuerologist a little over a year ago. Was told no more driving right off the bat. Seems like the symptoms all started about 2 years after he retired at age 62. Have seen a decline in short and longer term memory in past 6 months or so. Has re-evaluation with nueropsycolgist next month. Never in our wildest dreams expected this. So hard to accept that what a person thought life would end up like. All the "dreams and hope" taken away. Taking care of a spouse is so very lonely. I often question if I have what it takes and feel selfish when I get angry that my life is over. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling this way. We are in the process of selling our home and moving close to our son. Going to get apartment so as to not have so much to take care of. Our son wants us closer too. Many other family dynamics going on (very stressful) so am very greatful for my son who is sincere. Getting harder to have a normal conversation with my husband. He's not in advanced stages, but everyday life is definitely way different. Hope I'm up to the task. Don't know how some of you do it! I'm scared to death.
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The doctor just wrote dementia on the report. I am going to go in to the doctor with my husband next time and ask for him to be seen by a neurologist. But to have the diagnosis opens up a whole can of worms plus a change in attitude by your friends and acquaintances.
His father had Alzheimer's and his mother died at least 5 years before him. She had promised she would never put him in a home. He was mean and angry to the end. Wouldn't give up driving and had one accident where her back was broken and wouldn't take her to the doctor. My husbands driving is beginning to scare me. He drives too fast, takes chances, tailgates all the while getting more angry.
When I try to talk about it he just says I want him to be like his father. Why would anyone want that?
We are both 74. He could be years away from being in a facility. I don't see myself as ever having any "freedom".
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Hugs to you, SandyKay. It is so very hard to cope with a spouse who has dementia.

Personally, I think I would be immensely angry to discover I was losing my mind, it was going to get worse, and there was no cure. OMG. It is hard to even imagine being in that place.

Dementia is hard to cope with as long as it lasts, but from my experience, some things do get better. My husband's anger didn't last beyond the first year, for example.It is hard to remember exactly, but I think it was closer to 5 or 6 months.

Do you have a specific kind of dementia in the diagnosis?

I'm not sure it helps a lot, but while your husband is short tempered with you, it isn't really you he is mad at. It is fate, destiny, karma -- whatever has dealt him this hideous hand to play.

SandyKay, you say you are fearful. Are you afraid your husband will be violent with you? Was he ever before he developed dementia? How old are the two of you? Do you have a career?

Please share more with us. We care!
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My husband has just recently been diagnosed. He is angry most of the time, very short tempered with me particularly if I have to remind him of something. I feel it is time we have a "discussion" about our future. I am afraid whatever I say will set him off. I am on several medications for anxiety and am fearful most of the time. I just want to run away.
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Geri41, I had the same problem when I first found this site. So I asked if anyone else was involved in caring for a spouse, since most of what I'd seen involved parental care. I think if you put ShirleyB in the "search site" box at the top of this page it will bring up that whole chain of responses. Some were very helpful, some not so much. But it's a place to start. Blessings on you...this is a h--- of a way to spend our later years. Some days I feel so cheated, I can hardly function. But most days are ok.
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