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From: Rowlett
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Hi Astrid,
Here are a few good links to get more information about vascular dementia:
http://www.helpguide.org/elder/vascular_dementia.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vascular-dementia/DS00934
http://www.alz.org/apps/findus.asp


I wonder if her doctor considered starting her on a medication such as Aricept to possibly help with her cognitive functioning/mood issues – after she is stable on a medication such as Aricept, her doctor may then prescribe Namenda, which can be taken at the same time as the Aricept, to help her memory and thinking. These medications do not stop nor slow the dementia but can help the brain function better for a bit longer than if she were not on the medications. You may want to read up on these medications and then ask your Dad to ask her doctor about whether they would be appropriate for her.
Regarding how ”quick things will get bad”, that really depends on how impaired she is now and varies from one person to another. You may want to contact a local chapter of your Alzheimer’s Association to get more information about vascular dementia as well as ways to help your parents during the months and years to come. It’s not unusual for a spouse to “cover” for memory decline with their spouse – and sometimes it’s just hard for them to recognize memory decline when they are living with that person every day. So, the more information that you can get about dementia the better you will know how to work with your parents to plan for the future!
Please let me know if you have any questions after you look at the links suggested above . . . hopefully, the local chapter of your Alzheimer’s Association can give you the information and support to help you through all this.
Take care,
Barb (4Hope)


Posted on 2011/10/5 15:09




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