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Possible Early Dementia

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Comment from: rae, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 08

My husband is 65, he often talks about his early days, school, teenage, etc. Now he can't remember street names and even if I'm sitting beside him he'll look in the opposite direction as though that's where I am. He's a heavy drinker but he'll confuse words such as his glasses as scissors. I'm so worried that he may be suffering from early dementia.

Comment from: Ana, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My husband has early dementia. He just said that I bought groceries at Wal-Mart, but I didn't, and never said so. He said he heard me say I bought them there. I never buy them there, so it is out of the question. I don't know how he came up with that. He constantly hears stuff in his mind, to him they are real, but it is so frustrating to be with him. We would sit and eat dinner, and whatever I say I have to repeat 3 times, his mind can't process anything. He is always 3 sentences behind, no matter what we talk about.

Comment from: jeffreyo671, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 14

Back on July 3rd I hit my head hard enough to give me a concussion. In the process of tests, my neurologist did an EEG which showed slowed brain activity with short term memory issues. He has started me on Exelon. Symptom wise, I forget things that just happen, cannot remember yesterday clearly, or my cats' names at times. I have not been able to picture family members in my head and seeing them is like seeing a stranger. I forgot the Lord's Prayer the other night, and the list goes on.

Comment from: JodyK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I am 44 and am afraid I have early onset dementia. I constantly forget conversations I just had, days of the week, I know where things are but cannot name them or tell you how to get to them. I cannot remember the names of simple items; keys, names of shops, friends names. I got a brain scan today and should know more tomorrow.

Comment from: frustrated, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 10

My wife of 43 years is possibly showing early signs of dementia. She talks, listens and responds to voices only she hears. She packs her bags and waits outside all day and most of the night, for a cop to pick her up and take her to dinner. Then the plan is for 'friends' to take her to nearby city to stay a few months. None of this is real. I've had the police out, a crisis team and social workers. She refuses to listen to anyone or get in the car to go to the doctors. She will not even get in the car to go anywhere with me anymore. I don't know how I can possibly get her the help she needs.

Comment from: mahmoodnabil, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 10

My brother-in-law lives in Pakistan where it is currently extremely hot. He went to work in the morning and on his way back to home with his nephew, he tells his nephew that his home is in some other random city. His nephew somehow managed to bring him home and since then when he speaks, he mentions things he's done or seen 6 to 10 years in the past, like the current time doesn't exist for him. It's been over 2 days and he is not even talking to anyone at this point. I wonder if this is early dementia.

Comment from: ralph, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: May 25

The psychiatrist told me my mother needs fresh reports, she was diagnosed with dementia October last year.

Comment from: [email protected], 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 15

My husband worries about money all the time, I tell him everything is all set, but he does not believe me. I am worried that it is early dementia.

Comment from: Abandoned, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 29

I feel abandoned at this point in a 40 year marriage with a man who clearly has had major cognitive changes over the last ten years when I first noticed them. There is dementia on both sides of his family. He refuses to get testing done or even to document his issue in the event he ever had to apply for disability. He is 58. The only consistent thing he has ever done is get testosterone injections that may be making it worse. His reasoning is gone and judgment is nonexistent. He is constantly getting more leery of me trying to get him to have some testing. Yet he expects me to live with the loneliness of what this problem has created for me. He controls all finances and refuses to willingly give me information.

Comment from: cat, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09

My mother who lives with me (3 years) sleeps all the time. Yesterday I got up at 10 am she was asleep she never woke up until 7pm, by 11pm she was back sleeping. When she is a wake she is very hard to get a long she accuses me of stealing things and her money, she starts screaming and yelling (which I know I shouldn't I argue with her) She gets mad when I clean the house we have 5 cats the house must be cleaned daily. She will not take a bath that's what usually starts the fights one time she went 14 days without a bath. She as uti infections all the time. She wears those diapers and will wear one for 24 hours. Her memory seems pretty good sometimes; she does talk about things 40 years ago.

Comment from: LMRico, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 19

I'm not sure if my husband is developing early onset dementia. He's 52 and we've been together for 6 years. In the last 6-12 months he is quick to anger; loses his sunglasses; has misplaced the checkbook (never found it), and can't recall conversations we have had. I constantly have to remind him of appointments, things we have discussed, etc. The most notable change is sometimes he is walking through the house and he just bursts into songs from the 50s or he says things like curse words. He isn't even talking to anyone in general, he just shouts it out. I have tried talking to him about going to the doctor but he just accuses me of diagnosing him as stupid.

Comment from: Dreamdove, 55-64 Female Published: November 21

I was dating a 63 year old man (I am 56). he became very confused such that he would forget all our conversations. At first I thought he just wasn't listening but then one time he got very angry with me over a very slight thing, which we broke up over and then a few weeks later he didn't remember it after we got back together. He had said some hurtful things to me and that had been our only argument. So he tried to make it seem like I made it up or I was exaggerating. It got very, very frustrating to be with him and yet he was fun to be with and his mind was okay in other ways--he could drive, he didn't lose things often, kept track of appointments, his keys, etc. I just learned about Amnestic MCI and this makes sense. However, I decided to stop dating him and just be a friend. That is difficult too because he doesn't remember anything I say yet I feel sorry for him because he is a good person. I try not to take it personally anymore. He only remembers things that apply to him, unfortunately.

Comment from: shantelll, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 17

My mom has moved in with us for the second time. She is only 68. She has not washed her hair in at least two years, she will not bathe or brush her teeth. She asks me the same question ten times in five minutes and won't remember any of our previous discussions. She is argumentative, and mean to my son, age ten, but she loves my six year old daughter. She does not want to eat, and would only drink beer and wine if I would let her. She chain smokes not remembering the last cigarette. She takes from people swearing that the stolen item was always hers. She cries daily. She claims that everyone is stealing from her. I could go on and on. Now my now eighty-six-year old step dad battered most of his marriage to my mom, now has Alzheimer's and is being taken care of by my sister (29), and I got mom.

Comment from: nikassie, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: May 31

My elderly father doses on and off all day long and claims he doesn't sleep. When he wakes from these naps he is disoriented and has said that he sees a mirror image of himself close up to his face.

Published: March 07

Over the past two years my husband's personality has radically changed. He is 54 yrs. old and we've been married for 25 yrs. He used to be friendly, outgoing, active and so much fun to be around. Now he has frequent ranting fits of anger that can be set off by the slightest thing. He no longer fishes or even has an interest in boating, formerly an obsession. He disappears for hours at a time on the weekends and says he just goes for a walk. He won't throw anything away and our house is becoming filled with mail, newspapers, magazines etc. His mother has dementia and is in long term care. He refuses to be tested and is extremely angered by my gentle probes. I am afraid of making him mad because his rages are really scary.

Comment from: Mitch, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: May 05

My wife just recently seems to forget things that happened just hours ago. Or, sometimes just a few minutes ago. She will forget that she had lunch at 12 noon, when asked at 2pm what she had for lunch.

Comment from: twinkle, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: April 25

Hi hope you can help. We lost my Mom 3 years ago and my dad is going downhill fast. He thinks he hears me and others say things and he thinks that he is right in what he hears. He gets very angry with me and my brother, calls people by the wrong names; just don't know what to do. This is very upsetting to have my dad like this.

Medically reviewed by Ashraf Ali, MD; Board Certification in Psychiatry and Adolescent & Child Psychiatry

REFERENCE:

"Mild cognitive impairment: Epidemiology, pathology, and clinical assessment"
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