Hello all, my FIL has been unofficially diagnosed with Alzheimers/Dementia.
He is 90 yo.
When his was nearly 80, he suffered a heart attack and had 6 bypasses and a replaced heart valve. He spent a month in the hospital, miraculously survived and came out slower and older, but seemingly unscathed mentally. That year they moved into our town because Mom "didn't want to do something like that again without help."
They lived in their own home for 3 years and moved to Independent Living because Dad was tired of taking care of the yard and Mom tired of looking after the house.
Dad started to have trouble walking and it was becoming obvious that he was struggling to look after their accounts/bills.
He ended up in the hospital for 10 day in the Spring of 2018 for appendicitis (fought with antibiotics). Rehab for 3 weeks. Really never the same after that.
Moved to Assisted Living with Mom.
Fall of 2018, had his appendix removed! Rehab for a month.
Absolutely, not even close to the same man. Wheelchair bound. All of his daily living activities are attended by those where he lives.
My question---did those of your loved ones with ALZ/Dementia have hospitalizations and ill health before things got bad? Do folks in great health (overall) just slowly develop ALZ without some sort of medical incident?