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Does anyone have an parent with dementia who was an alcoholic?

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Do you today with medicine that says no alcohol give them a little from time to time? Wondering if anyone has received advice that it is ok once a week or so to give in so the parent won't be abusive?

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such a hard situation! I know. step-mom is the problem, she mixes her pills (incld narcotics) with both wine and beer. Most times are ok but when she goes really overboard it can be disastrous!! Major falls with injury...have to call EMTs to help as she is 225+, stroke victim with heart issues too. Dr said she is addicted to all of it and has no desire to change ANYTHING so no help there. They will treat the current problem, cut, break or whatever, but will not really do anything to help her want to change. So as her family we are letting her do as she chooses....so far...and just picking up the pieces. She is self destructive and obsessive, I wish I could do more but with no help that is not an option. One day we will wake up and she won't.
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My Mom is 91 & just moved in with me & i have been impressed with how much she drinks. This seems to be a response to problems with not sleeping & stress. Since she is not on any meds I haven't been concerned about those issues. She tries to monitor herself but does get pretty loaded occasionally. I was happy to see the replies that held a tolerant attitude. I've noticed things like mixing up words, memory problems, crabbiness, etc. that seem more relavent to drinking or some form of dementia. My husband died of a brain tumor so I have insight as to the rocky road ahead & am looking for support for myself.
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My mother has 2 24-hour aids in her house and said they were told she could have a glass of wine from time to time. I have seen her after two glasses of wine and no meds and it was not good. She has not had wine every day since May of this year. She just gets mad when she is told she cannot have wine so they are giving it to her so avoid confrontation.
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Please be aware that far too many seniors suffer with depression, particularly after tremendous losses (work/job/self worth, death of friends, spouse, loss of good health/mobility/loss of limbs and/or diminished functioning of multiple body parts, loss of independence/car keys/ability to stay in one's life-long home, etc. etc.) The depressant alcohol severely impacts one's ability to cope, one's emotional stability, as well as many other safety issues including activities of daily living. Moreover, alcolhol certainly increases the risk of further emotional, physical, and mental health damage. Consequently, it also significantly increases the risk for suicide, already at horrific levels. Extremely sad. Ask any loved one.
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Ps. If your parent becomes abusive w/o drinking, talk to their doctor, they need medically supervised detox.
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Alcoholism is an "ism", NOT a "was-I'm" Alcoholism is about the loss of control, the inability to control one's body's response to alcohol, tolerence to and increasing need for more to get same effect. Not to mention negative consequences from using alcohol that the drinker is unable to correlate to their drinking or behavior when drinking. Wine w spaghetti or "just beer" or "in moderation" is not ok- it serves to reactivate the craving, drinking, consequences, guilt about consequences and need to drink more to relieve guilt. Sorry--never a good idea. And what about further assault to the brain, increased fall risk and that alcohol is a depressant (surely dementia patients don't need more depressive problems?) and alcohol has drug interaction implications. What are you all thinking?? Please don't give anyone w history of alcoholism any alcohol-that is NOT compassionate, it's harmful!
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Currently my wife and I live in a beautiful retirement community. My wife has alcoholic dementia and drinks only cranberry juice. Her doctor really inforced ONLY SOFT DRINKS. There are lockers for those approved and they have locks on them. I am an alcoholic and drink only Odouls and soft drinks.
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My dad has dementia and is an alcoholic. His stems from beer. I have come up with a way that he gets his beer but not the alcohol and it has been working perfectly. I have a couple of empty beer cans of his brand of beer that he drinks and I pour Odouls non alcoholic beer into his empty cans and give it to him. He does not know the difference because he is drinking beer out of his can that he is accustomed to. He is non aware that it is non alcoholic. Been doing this for over a week and has been working out perfectly.
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I have a mother who has a traumatic brain injury and has always has major issues with alcohol. She does not drink around me,but my siblings provide it for her when they visit. It takes days for her to recover from a visit involving alcohol.
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((((( YES )))) It is horrible ..he doesnot recieve enough money for AL. So I am putting him in a respite for a month to give me a break and peace of mind. It makes me not want to drink alcohol..YUCK !!
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