Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby circular » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:30 pm

Lexapro in low doses helps some.

I’ve been meaning to Google whether essential oils might help in dementia management. Lavender comes to mind as a good relaxant. It would be interesting to just rub some mixed into a carrier oil onto her back, where she can’t get it on her hands and then in her eyes. Or diffuse a bit in her room just to see if it has any affect one way or the other. You could have her sniff it first to see if she even likes it. Look for a pure one, I react badly unless the oils are truly therapeutic grade: Aura Casia and EO are easy to find if you have a health food store. No need for multimarketing channels like DoTerra or Young Living.

You could also buy some oils and have her sniff them all from the bottle and watch her reactions. If depression underlies her anxiety it’s possible something more citrusy would help.
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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby NancyM » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:03 pm

I'm no expert but this article lists a number of essential oils that may be beneficial, and the list seems pretty consistent on other sites.

https://www.alzheimers.net/10-10-14-ess ... -dementia/

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby chrissyr » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:13 am

Thanks all, I think I'll give the lavender a try!

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby KTW11 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:04 pm

I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby mike » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:12 pm

KTW11 wrote:I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017

yes, it is active. New posts all the time...
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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby Julie G » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:16 pm

I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby slacker » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:20 pm

KTW11 wrote:I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017


Hi KTW11;

The entry before yours in this topic is dated Jan 2019. If you go to the Forum page, the right most column shows "Last Post" for each Forum, with date of last entry; most of these are from 2019. If you select the lightning bolt icon in the toolbar on the main Forum page, you will see all Active Topics for all forums in order of last entry. You will see that we are very active and current!
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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby Nords » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:29 pm

KTW11 wrote:I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017

Yep, the topic is current although the events occurred from 2008-17. I wrote most of it while my father was approaching end-stage Alzheimer's.

He died in November 2017, so my life shifted from "Dad caregiving" to "estate settlement". That's not much to discuss on this forum but one day I'll write a post about it and link to it from this thread.

From the perspective of dementia and long-term care, I put my share of my Dad's life insurance (and our small inheritance) into a brokerage account under just my name. It's my personal self-insured long-term care fund.

My spouse asked me to make our (adult) daughter the "Transfer On Death" beneficiary of that account. I've also given our daughter a durable power of attorney over that account. This way if I end up in a coma or develop dementia, then our daughter can immediately withdraw funds from the account for my care without having to dip into her own assets.

I have to trust her (and I do!). More importantly, I'm not putting her into the same position that I was in when my Dad could no longer live independently and I couldn't access his funds.
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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby KTW11 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:40 pm

Thank you for your quick reply

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Re: Alzheimer's caregivers, guardians, and conservators

Postby CoachMT » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:44 am

KTW11 wrote:I am new to this forum, but wonder if it is current since the posts I am seeing seem mostly from 2015-2017

Welcome to the ApoE4.Info site KTW11! We’re so glad to have you as a member of this active community! Your love and devotion to your husband and extended family is an inspiration to us all! I can tell that your big heart, courage and curiosity must already be paving the way for more informed and healthful lifestyle choices for your children and grandchildren- your love shines through! As was shared, our genes are not destiny; we have the ability to turn them on and off and you are taking bold steps to educate yourself on the multitude of choices and options available.

I see you’ve already had a chance to share your story with the community and receive heart-felt responses from fellow members (NF52, Mike, and Nords) as well as helpful tips about navigating on the site from Julie, slacker, and others. As you are already seeing, this forum is a great place to share and receive support!

Fellow members have mentioned several resources available to you on the site and I wanted to provide you the links. If you haven’t already seen it, the primer is a great starting place to learn about the extensive resources available to you on the ApoE4.info site. It was authored by a member physician who carries two copies of the APOE-ε4 allele, is regularly updated and provides information on the science behind the APOE-ε4 allele, tips on diet and lifestyle choices, biomarkers to check, and prevention strategies. Additionally, you may also be interested in checking out Our Stories to learn about fellow community members who are embarking on this journey and to share more about your own journey caring for your husband.

Welcome and don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. Best, Mandy
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