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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    If he's still quite independent he is far from stage 4. I urge you to get him to a Doc and diagnose. There are great meds for Alzheimer's and if that's it, her deserves the treatment.
    Gardnr, To clarify - the neurologist's diagnosis is "Dementia, probably Alzheimer's." I tried to get him into a drug study right after the DX, but the PET scan he had to have to see if he was eligible showed he had too much tau plaque. That tells me it's Alzheimer's. When I say stage 4 - I'm referring to stage 4 of the 7 stages of Alzheimer's developed by a Dr. Reisberg. Stage 4 is Moderate Decline. He is taking memantine (Namenda) and donepezil (Aricept).


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    "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart is also." Jesus

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    Becky, Alzheimer’s is difficult anytime but especially sad when someone isn’t that old. The journey with my friend was heartbreaking. She had a long period of time where she could drive, do some errands, only talk about the past (which gets tiring) but the stage after that was awful. Nothing so sad as not being able to talk and not knowing who someone is. I was relieved when her cancer came back. Interestingly my other friend had a dad with it whose experience was different. He never got grumpy and unhappy. My friend on the other hand was always happy before and miserable later. I hope your husband has as easy a journey as possible and is slow to get worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    Becky, Alzheimer’s is difficult anytime but especially sad when someone isn’t that old. The journey with my friend was heartbreaking. She had a long period of time where she could drive, do some errands, only talk about the past (which gets tiring) but the stage after that was awful. Nothing so sad as not being able to talk and not knowing who someone is. I was relieved when her cancer came back. Interestingly my other friend had a dad with it whose experience was different. He never got grumpy and unhappy. My friend on the other hand was always happy before and miserable later. I hope your husband has as easy a journey as possible and is slow to get worse.
    Wow... not painful?

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    Thank you, Teacher Terry. Yes, everyone's journey is different. Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia, which just adds to the different ways it affects people.

    I'm certainly learning lessons about appreciating where we are now, patience and choosing my battles.

    Didn't mean to high-jack the thread - but I appreciate everyone's support.
    "Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, your heart is also." Jesus

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyliz View Post
    Thank you, Teacher Terry. Yes, everyone's journey is different. Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia, which just adds to the different ways it affects people.

    I'm certainly learning lessons about appreciating where we are now, patience and choosing my battles.

    Didn't mean to high-jack the thread - but I appreciate everyone's support.
    I don’t think you hijacked it. Ypur husband’s health certainly affects your retirement plans.

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    Frugal, she was miserable, non-verbal in diapers and having to be fed. It wasn’t living. She was on pain medication and kept comfortable. She fought ovarian cancer stage 4 for 20 years and recovered 7 times. I didn’t treat her cancer the last time. They think all the chemo that saved her life over and over caused her dementia. Plus her husband and I made the decision before he died. She had no family left. He said she didn’t want to live like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyliz View Post
    Gardnr, To clarify - the neurologist's diagnosis is "Dementia, probably Alzheimer's." I tried to get him into a drug study right after the DX, but the PET scan he had to have to see if he was eligible showed he had too much tau plaque. That tells me it's Alzheimer's. When I say stage 4 - I'm referring to stage 4 of the 7 stages of Alzheimer's developed by a Dr. Reisberg. Stage 4 is Moderate Decline. He is taking memantine (Namenda) and donepezil (Aricept).


    https://www.alzheimers.net/stages-of...imers-disease/
    I'm glad to hear he is being treated for it. Many people garner several quality years with it before further demise through the stages.

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