Patient Comments: Dementia - Risk Factors


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Comment from: DR needs help now, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: March 24

My risk factor is my mother who has acute dementia. She is in a rage, screams at me, is paranoid and is trying to control my 92 year old dad by telling him to drive, to shop, to cook, to clean, and he keeps falling down. Mom is 92 also and I have been helping them with his heart condition, his urinary tract infection, congestive heart failure. My mom kept screaming at me to get lost when I was talking to his doctors and nurses. Dad cannot handle her and has gone without eating, or getting his hair cut.

Comment from: Margaret, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

Apparently my mother has dementia, which is a risk factor for me.

Comment from: cstance, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: January 26

My son and I moved in with my mother after she was in a bad car accident. She has since been diagnosed with vascular dementia. We used to be the best of friends but now she argues with me constantly. She says I am trying to take over her life. That I am always being involved in her issues. In a way, I have to. I go to her doctor’s appointments with her and she hates that. She was told not to drive but does not listen. They wanted her to get tested to see how her skills as a driver were and she just told them no. I know that eventually I will have to be in charge of her legal issues but for now it is a source for arguments. She is always on my case now and threatening to kick me out. She tells me that I have no rights here and it is her house. I cannot imagine how hard this must be for her. I know that it is frightening for her as she always been a control freak. To lose control is her worst nightmare. But then she will argue and say that she would be so much happier in a nursing home. I know it would last about a week or so and then she would be unhappy. I have a lot of health issues too and she throws up anything she can at me. I lost my husband a year and a half ago and I am so unhappy here. So is she and so is my son. But I know basically I am doing the right thing and trying to help as much as I can. I try constantly to not get up in arguments but she is very good at baiting me. I wonder if anyone else out there feels like I do.


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