My mom was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Still waiting on results of CT scan. The neurologist was very gentle...saying the word dementia, but quietly....out of the side of her mouth she said to my sister “Alzheimer’s”. Ugh. She is on the highest dose of brain meds and the neuro said there is nothing else to be done. I’m guessing there will at least be a follow up appt with info on the CT scan.
My mom knows what’s going on and she’s severely depressed and frustrated and angry. Things have been changing for the last couple of years and it’s just getting to where she can’t handle her own meds or money or even hygiene (though this might be more due to depression).
I know we need to get legal paperwork in order. Is there a list of paperwork we should have?
Also, now what? I mean...do most people have a social worker or someone who hooks them up with services? I don’t even know what services she would need? She’s 80. Is geriatric doctor better for her than a general practitioner?
It was interesting to see that on my mom’s report from the doctor visit that it didn’t mention dementia/Alzheimer’s as an on-going condition, but simply mentioned patient care. Is that done so the patient doesn’t get upset if they see it? I’m just hoping a doctor knows what’s going on if they see her urgent care etc (she doesn’t usually like us going in the room with her).
Anyway...needing a little direction here. Thanks!