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  •  Is your dad eating ok? (10+ / 0-)

    There are some nutritional deficits that can mimic Alzheimer's but the onset is a LOT faster. I can't recall off the top of my head which ones unfortunately I'll have to look it up and see if I can find it.

    No one told me about the inhalers causing that either. I went to school with a dental tech, and SHE told me about it. She also asked the Orthodontist she worked with if there was anything that could be done about it. His answer: have them all pulled and get false teeth. Calcium supplements and a tooth paste that advertises as 'protecting enamel" has seemed to slow it down a bit. I get almost clear patches on my teeth, where the color and texture is different and I know that's the next one to go.

    Did she have the accident before or after the fall? Could she have a minor concussion maybe?

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:17:08 PM PDT

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    •  Ok, found it.. (10+ / 0-)

      Severe , severe B-1, B-6, and B-12 deficiences, niacin deficients and folic acid deficiencies (which is says are more common in alcoholics). UTI's can also cause similar symptoms in some cases. Also, there is "Alcohol Dementia". Several of these are treatable and reversible. If you can talk him into going to a doctor for any reason, and the doctor runs blood work, you may be able to rule out Alzheimer's entirely.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:23:41 PM PDT

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    •  we eat very healthy (7+ / 0-)

      Mum is good on that - lots of veg and salads and balanced meals.  He is an alcoholic but is back on the low alcohol beer and only has 2 to 3 a night, he's backed off the full brew tall boys because he was becoming belligerent and mean again and Mum put a stop to it.

      I use a good toothpaste and mouthwash daily - and I only use the inhaler when I need it - like class when he really pushes us.  In my case I suspect that the problem is really just fallout from poor dental hygiene while living on the boat and being improperly and under medicated - I have the kind of teeth dentists point to as "awesome teeth" but didn't take care of them for a while because I couldn't take care of anything for a while.

      She had the accident Friday morning - there's not even a real scratch on the car but it scared her pretty bad - and then tripped early Saturday morning, probably 3 or 4 am.  She doesn't have true depth vision, only one eye really works - and she was trying not to wake up Dad and left the lights off.  She doesn't have any whiplash or soreness from the car accident, just a banged up face and dizziness from the fall.  Pupils are fine, no headache, no wanting to nap.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 07:37:22 PM PDT

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      •  I didn't mean to imply (5+ / 0-)

        that your parents weren't eating healthy meals, but how much has he actually been eating? Has his appetite slacked off for one reason or another? Sometimes it's a cycle, the appetite slips, then the nutrition slips, which increases agitation and dementia type symptoms, and the appetite slips further. It's often not about what is served, but rather what is actually ingested. And often it starts with either depression or a temporary illness, like the flu.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 09:42:58 PM PDT

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        •  oh, he eats (3+ / 0-)
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          While we don't eat at the table together, we do have pretty set mealtimes and he cleans his plate - Mum and Dad eat in front of the FOX.

          Mum makes breakfast for them every morning, he also has second breakfast after he goes to the gym or putters outside - usually a commercial breakfast sandwich.  He doesn't do lunch so much as an afternoon "snack" - half a sandwich and chips - and we all have dinner every night at 5:30.

          Physically he's in good health - works out, washes the cars by hand, does the yard work, still at his Army weight and a 34 waist - he's just losing it upstairs.  I heard him singing his weird little songs to the cats this morning as usual.

          And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

          by Mortifyd on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 05:38:21 AM PDT

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