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How can we get my mom with dementia to bathe and change her clothes?

How can we get my mom with dementia to bathe and change her clothes?

Get details: Also ask your mother why she won't shower. For many frail elderly folks, showers are both exhausting and/or scary. She may need a walk in tub, an aide to assist, or she may do better using baby wipes regularly and only bathing weekly. They even have dry powder shampoos you can use mid-week. If bathing has become intimidating, make sure you understand, before assuming its pathologic. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more


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Mom has FT dementia. Not bathing but I can get her to change clothes once a week. How important is bathing if I can keep her clothes (somewhat) clean?

Mom has FT dementia. Not bathing but I can get her to change clothes once a week. How important is bathing if I can keep her clothes (somewhat) clean?

Hygiene is important: She can't remember when she changed her clothes, and you don't want her coming down with a urinary tract infection, or something that she could end up in the hospital and not come home. See if you can get a caretaker (day shift) to assist you, so you don't burn out, who can assist with bathing, helping her walk, and do stretching exercises. Then you can do self care while she is being cared for. ...Read more

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Mom has dementia. Bath 2-3 days/wk, new clothes 1+ day/wk, but sleeps 12-14 hours and is inactive. Might have UTI - most likely culprit?

Mom has dementia. Bath 2-3 days/wk, new clothes 1+ day/wk, but sleeps 12-14 hours and is inactive. Might have UTI - most likely culprit?

Dementia and apathy: You don't say if this is new or ongoing. If new, it could be a uti. Never go wrong with checking. Also depression could cause these symptoms. As dementia progresses, people lose the ability to keep on top of self-care. At this point, it helps to have a caregiver prompt and assist her to do these things. Your local alzheimer's chapter will most likely have a support group for info/tips. ...Read more

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Mom has ftd, not bathing easily, sleeping >= 1/2 day, can walk but is inactive; conversations are mostly 1-sided. Roughly what stage dementia is she?

Mom has ftd, not bathing easily, sleeping >= 1/2 day, can walk but is inactive; conversations are mostly 1-sided. Roughly what stage dementia is she?

Sounds advanced: There are many different staging "systems." in the moderate phase people need assistance with all activities of daily living and towards the end of this stage someone requires 24 awake supervision for safety. In the severe stage a person can follow 1 step directions and need set up for all activities. In ftd a person develops "apathy" where attention turns inward and one is less engaged outwardly. ...Read more

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Mom has dementia, in alf. Is not bathing/brushing teeth. What can the staff do to keep her hygienic? Will she cooperate more as dementia progresses?

Mom has dementia, in alf. Is not bathing/brushing teeth. What can the staff do to keep her hygienic? Will she cooperate more as dementia progresses?

Call OT: An occupational therapist who specializes in working with older adults would be a good consult to ask her primary care for. Ots are experts in practical problem solving and could work with your mom on finding what works for her now with ideas for the future. They can also assess if your mom needs more help than alf can offer. Get a medication review from a geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician. ...Read more

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78 yr mom with dementia is numb on entire left side of body. Dr said not stroke but will send to get test. list of possible reason?

78 yr mom with dementia is numb on entire left side of body.  Dr said not stroke but will send to get test.  list of possible reason?

Could be many things: Stroke, Seizure, Mass lesion (cancer) are all possibilities. That is why additional testing is needed. Best to talk over with your doctor if you are concerned and have questions. ...Read more

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Really important question about my gramps health. Will my mom get his dementia?

Possibly: But not definitely. Take care of the brain- if there is diabetes lose weight and eat right, if high blood pressure take medications and follow it. Exercise. Keep the brain active. ...Read more

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How to create a safe environment for my mom in early-staged dementia?

How to create a safe environment for my mom in early-staged dementia?

See below: House proofing will depend on the severity of the symptoms. You might want to look into the day programs for elderly people with mild dementia. Make sure she takes her medicine on time, eats regularly; personal hygiene; socialization. ...Read more

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My mom is 50 and has had dementia for months now. Is this age when it normally sets in?

Not exactly: Early onset dementia is quite rare, and often occurs in clusters with a family history; i would ensure that there are no other reversible contributants to her condition... ...Read more

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My mom is 78 and has dementia recently had two surgeries and is loosing too much hair don't know why?

My mom is 78 and has dementia recently had two surgeries and is loosing too much hair don't know why?

Alopecia: Unexplained hair loss is typically called alopecia. It may be due to an autoimmune disorder or stress. You mom's case sounds like stress. Make sure her nutrition is good--over the counter multivitamins are weak--use a quality one. A natural doc or nutritionist can help there. Keep the focus on what is going well and stay well yourself. ...Read more

Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more