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Alzheimers after long-term lithium use

A: Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem concerned that your mom has never been under supervised psychiatric care and has been on lithium for the last 30 years and recently she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer''s disease. As a mood stabilizer, lithium is probably more effective in preventing mania than depression, and may reduce the risk of suicide. In depression alone (unipolar disorder) lithium can be used to augment other antidepressants. Those who use lithium should receive regular serum level tests and should monitor thyroid and kidney function for abnormalities. In long-term use, therapeutic concentrations of lithium have been thought to cause histological and functional changes in the kidney. The significance of such changes is...


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Sleepy with Alzheimers, is that normal?

A: This could be medication related or simply boredom. I have a client right now who is on Abilify and gets very tired especially after meals. My mother, who attended a day center with lots of engaging activities did not seem to have this problem. The client is often very bored and chooses not to participate in any therapeutic exercise regimen or stimulating activities but does complain about excessive sleepiness. Often, due to the affects of the disease on the brain, patients with Alzheimer''s disease have disturbed wake/sleep cycles with increased napping during the day, followed by sundowning (where patients become more agitated or confused in the late afternoon/evening), and then not sleeping well or waking up a lot in the evening. Some of...


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People With Alzheimers

A: So your telling me no one knows anything about Alzheimers or senior health? Hi, Golden_Girl! Sometimes, it takes a bit of patience to use this site... My mother had Alzheimer''s disease. I had to deal with it for a number of years... One of the things that helps is for the person to be mentally stimulated on a regular basis and for them to keep as active as they can with groups and other types of activities. Synthread (spelling?) is a medication that also seems to help with the person remaining as alert and keen to memory things as they can. But, I''m sure that others will be able to elaborate better about the medication thing. I''m sorry that you''re having to face this! It''s not easy! Hopefully, others will also be along to address your question! Thanks! Hi...


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Alzheimers & vision

A: Hi John, Yes it can affect the eyes. The disease is essentially marching through her brain eating up all of its functions.  So if you think of the head as a camera, the eyes are the lens, the brain the camera and the ability to "see" is the film.  She has no film.  Why she reacts so to bright light could just be that that function of the brain/eye has not been totally affected yet.   As the disease progresses she will lose more and more functions.  End stage of the disease the people are essentially bedridden, diapered and spoon fed.  They go back to infancy. Not a pretty way to go.  This is an awful disease and unfortunately the medical community is...


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70 yr old boss, left wife of 45 yrs. Changed appearance, handwriting primitive.. Alzheimers?e

A: There are certain symptoms that are characteristic of Alzheimer''s disease that may or may not appear in every individual. These include a loss of short term memory, problems expressing thoughts or comprehending requests, difficulty or inability in carrying out activities of daily living, changes in personality, confusion or disorientation to time, place, or person, unexplainable mood swings, loss of initiative in starting or completing activities, aggression, agitation, and depression. However, these are also symptoms of other dementias and other medical and psychiatric disorders, some of which may be reversible. The only way to determine whether or not your boss has Alzheimer''s disease is for him to undergo a proper evaluation by a...


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Is there a test I can take to see if I have Alzeimers disease?

A: Generally speaking, there are two tests you can take for Alzheimer''s disease - one to diagnose if you currently have it, and one to predict if you might have it in the future. Testing for diagnosis involves a series of exams including a blood/urine test, comprehensive medical history, cognitive screen, and series of MRI/CAT/PET scans. Although most people will consider testing once they start noticing certain symptoms or in their later years, since age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer''s disease, people as early as their 30''s and 40''s have been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer''s disease. If you are noticing symptoms, it is important to consult with a physician right away to determine the cause....


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Are Mom`s medications not working?

A: Alzheimer medication side effects are both plentiful and mysterious particularly when more than one medical issue exists. Not every patient reacts the same way to the different meds which confounds the prescription process often leading carepartners to assume the doctor is not appropriately managing their loved one`s care. It is also difficult to know if the `foggy` feeling is the natural course of the disease or is it a direct result of the meds. The local chapter of the Alzheimer`s Association most likely has a list of specialists and may be worth a call to find a physician with whom you feel more comfortable. While you have them on the line, ask about support groups! The support of others living a similar scenario is the singular most helpful exploration for...


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My mother 74yrs has alzeihemiers also kidney disease w/ hypertension How? can i help her FOCUS ...

A: Hi Rick10   First you need to take her and her problems to her doctor to see if there is anything he/she can suggest that will help her.   Each of the diseases she suffers from can affect her memory and ability to carry out tasks (called executive functioning-planning, organizing, problem solving). If her doctor can improve her kidney function (one of the effects is often hypertension) then her mental state might improve. There are drugs that can help with Alzheimer''s disease too.    I suggest you can support what skills she does have by offering her as structured a day as possible. Dorian Martin has written a great sharepost about Dealing with Disorientation by Using a Reminder Board . That you might find...


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How tell someone has alzheimers?

A: It is very difficult to tell if someone has Alzheimer`s disease and you should really try to get a professional diagnosis. Some of the pointers are that the person has memory loss, they repeat stories or statements in the same day, they are unable to remember appointments or be responsible for gettiing to appointments, they become suspicious and may think people are stealing from them, they are disoriented and confused in strange places, they might have trouble handling their financial affairs and keeping track of their medications, they may become lost even in their own neighbourhood. Everyone as they get older may have trouble with a couple of these tasks but people in the early stages of Alzheimer`s may exhibit more of these symptoms than other people.. I`m...


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Can a brain injury (for example an auto accident)cause Alzheimers in elderly people?

A: Dear Donna,    I understand that your grandmother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer''s disease after getting into an automobile accident. After seeing her live independently for so many years, I imagine it is difficult for you to deal with these sudden, unexpected changes. It''s understandable that many questions and concerns can arise after seeing this dramatic shift. Although a doctor is the only one who can determine the underlying reason for these changes, I would like you to know that a serious accident can indeed contribute to your grandmother''s decline. If an accident causes injury to the brain and skull, the underlying brain tissue could be damaged and affect the individual''s cognition as a result. This damage can be...


 
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