Knowing that the day is coming when your loved one -- won't know you-- is the most horrific feeling of them all for an Alzheimer's caregiver. Alzheimer's Front Row is a companion site of the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
Exposure to general anaesthesia increases the risk of dementia in the elderly by 35% according to a study presented at Euroanaesthesia, the annual congress of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).
It is not unusual for Alzheimer's and dementia patients to make false accusations.
For example, it is not uncommon for dementia patients to say someone is stealing money from them. It is also fairly common for women living with Alzheimer's to guard their purse. Even to take it to bed with them at night.
If you, or someone you are close to, has been feeling confused, agitated or forgetful, it may be a good idea get an assessment for Alzheimer's or dementia.
While it is possible to take an assessment test at home, if you find the results suspsicious, you should consult with a memory specialist or your personal care doctor before jumping to any conclusions.
One of the things that makes Alzheimer's different is that is impossible to know at what rate any given patient will experience cognitive decline. This state of "unknowing" is disconcerting to Alzheimer's caregivers.