My husband just had a mini-stroke after having early vascular dementia for 18 months. What can I expect? - AgingCare.com

My husband just had a mini-stroke after having early vascular dementia for 18 months. What can I expect?

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My husband was coping very well, extremely active and know can't use the washer, find things in the kitchen and sounds angry all the time. Not to mention his deceased wife is a part of our life at least once a day.We're trying to fill in the holes of his memory - some stick and some don't. Any suggestions? His geriatric psychiatrist says he now has moderate dementa.

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He will likely continue to decline. Keep trying to fill in holes in his memory if he doesn't get upset when you do so. If he gets upset, you may just have to distract him from the issue without making a big deal out of it. Sometimes we have to "agree" just to get them to move on. His deceased wife is part of each day because that's where his memory is stronger - longer term memory. It's hard for you, I'm sure, but it's just the disease, not him. Please try to remember it has nothing to do with your marriage. He just remembers the past better than the present.
Keep in contact with the doctor. It sounds like he's getting good care. You may eventually need to place him in a memory unit for his own safety. Good luck,
Carol
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