Alzheimer`s Disease/dementia

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my mum has not eaten much since sunday 22/8/2016 and has now stopped drinking tea which she dearly loved she took a tumble whilst out with my dad.She has so I have been told refused food saying she will make herself something later which she doesn't.She refuses to see a doctor but I have insisted they call one to check her over do you think she is starting to decline and maybe heading to end of life situation?

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Hello Anthony:  I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's decline and I'm sure you're very worried about it.  A major change in dietary habits with weight loss could mean some type of dementia, but it could also signal metabolic issues, a tumor, or some other potentially fixable problem.  This is why it's so important that you convince your dad to get her to the doctor.  If the situation continues, and she doesn't get diagnosed, then eventually she will lose enough weight and become dehydrated as well, which could lead to a fall, or an end of life situation--however, that could take months to years, depending on the underlying cause for the issues. For her sake, and for the family, I hope you continue to press for her to be evaluated and I wish you much luck as you try to discover the reasons for her troubling changes.  Cindy Keith  

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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.

Experience

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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