Long time forum observer here. Thanks for your answers and support of one another.
My mom is 79 and I believe she is hovering between stage 4-5 dementia. She was a great mom growing up and adores the grandkids. She lives at home with my young family. She is physically quite well, but her mind is deteriorating. She retains her skills and can play games, but even she laments over the loss of her short term memory. Due to mood swings, severe forgetfulness, not remembering where she's been, the care she requires to focus on self care - eating, bathing, etc. - we probably can't keep her at home much longer. She has begun leaving the house in the middle of the night with the delusion that her valuables have been left at a nearby park. My security camera alerts me when she leaves. Caught her at 1 a.m. tonight. I can reassure her that all is well, and that pacifies her, but it will happen again.
Mom has be blessed with a strong immune system and is very rarely sick. She has always believed in holistic care and dislikes pills and medicine, unless necessary.
I took her to a functional medicine office where the doctor is a D.O. Some swear by it and others call such methods charlatan.
The doctor has advised:
1. A stool sample (to check for bad bacteria)
2. A full bloodwork panel (checking for hormone levels)
3. Heavy metals testing (if present she would have chelation treatment)
5. Stem cells to be administered to the brain
What can you tell me about functional medicine and stem cells? The research is very new and it seems evidence is inconclusive. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of these treatments?
Love my mom and hate to see her slip away.