Alzheimer`s Disease/not so sure

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Hi, i am a Little confused,my best vriend is in the hospitaal and her probleem is that she is gold in the vorming and in the afternoon when she gets tired she becomes confused and it looks like Alzheimer, the docter saus that it has to do with a drug that she uses For some years not enough (excuses me)somethings in her urine,can you 'lease tel me more abouth this?we already booked a cruise toughter in oktober.
Thank you so much.
Carla

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Hello Carla:  I'm very sorry to hear about your friend's problems.  I'm sure it's a great worry for you.  If her doctor is saying her symptoms are being caused by a drug that she is taking, then he's probably correct.  I'm wondering if there is any alternative drug that can be used that does not cause her this confusion?  If she is being treated in the hospital, then she may have some type of infection on top of some other problem, and all that together is making her confused.  If it is a "delirium" then hopefully it will go away once the underlying problem (like an infection) is cleared up.  I would encourage you to urge her to get another opinion for whatever her problem is that requires this drug.  Many medications can mimic (copy) Alzheimer's symptoms, so that is not unusual.  I'm not sure what you mean by something in her urine, but many drugs are filtered by the kidneys, so they will get washed out of the body in the urine.  Urge her to see another doctor for these issues soon, so you can get some answers well before your October cruise.  I'm hoping it all works out well for you and for her.  Cindy

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Cindy Keith, RN, BS, Certified Dementia Practitioner

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As a nurse and dementia consultant, I can answer most questions on all types of dementia. If I cannot answer your question, I will attempt to find someone who can. My passion is to help caregivers of people with dementia, which in turn helps all those wonderful elders with dementia live better lives. When caregivers are better educated, they are able to better care for themselves and their loved ones, so education is key to decreased stress levels and healthier, happier families.

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I have worked as a nurse in various disciplines of nursing for over 20 years, most of which was with the elderly. I was a health care coordinator in a dementia dedicated assisted living facility for 4 years before I started my own business (M.I.N.D. in Memory Care) as a dementia consultant six years ago. As a dementia consultant, I help families nationwide through phone conference calls as they struggle to care for their loved ones with dementia.

Organizations
Alzheimer's Foundation of America Geriatric Interest Network Sigma Theta Tau International

Publications
Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem - Caregiver Survival Manual For Living With A Person With Dementia" which is a collection of stories about people with dementia I have known, loved and worked with. Every story has a lesson to teach and this book gently teaches family caregivers lessons about how to better care for their loved one, as well as themselves during their caregiving journey. Published "Love, Laughter, & Mayhem In Eldercare Facilities: The Master Key For Dementia Training" Created "Bringing Nurturing To Memory Care" staff dementia training video Created Ebook: "Hair Stylist's Helpful Tips For Working With People With Alzheimer's & Other Dementias"

Education/Credentials
Registered Nurse with Bachelor's degree in Nursing; Certified Dementia Practitioner; Author of 2 books and an ebook

Awards and Honors
Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing

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