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And the mood changes... crying, then nasty. I heard when a person has the disease, they know they have it. Mom denies it all the way. I told her she has it and iIasked her the questions the doctor asked. What year is it. What month. Who is President. And she does not bathe. She wears the same clothes. My father does all he can, but with the chemotherapy and two hip replacements, its just an impossible situation. But he refuses to put mom in an assisted living home. It is hopeless.

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concernedat50, it could be the alzheimers/dementia or it could be an urinary tract infection. Such an infection can change moods, crying, being nasty, pushing, hitting, etc. Take Mom to her primary doctor, the UTI test is pretty simple if Mom cooperates.
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Sundowners refers to aggitation in the afternoon or evening when the sun is actually going down. Many people with brain changes such as alzheimers dementia experience this aggitation and an increase in difficult behaviours during this time. Some times they know they have dementia at the start of their disease, but by the time the disease is progressed, they may not know. Each person is different. Not everyone is mean and abusive, but it is quite common. Do you need support?
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