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I am trying to help my older sister deal emotionally with her 67 yr old husband who has advanced stage Alzheimers disease, while I also help my husband care for his 98 yr old father for the last 8 years, first here in our home and now in a Assisted Living facility.( I have had more than my share of caregiving lately, thank you.) :-)
My sister called me today to tell me about her husband and ask my advice. He is in a specialized Alzheimers unit, and has been there for about 5 months. He was placed there because his condition had gotten to the point that my own sisters health has deterioated and she can no longer physically care for him herself. (She is scheduled for Open Heart sugery in a few weeks due to 5 blockages.)
She was uspet because it seems he is loosing weight very quickly now. 17 lbs in the last 6 months or so. Just the last 5 lbs since his move to the special care unit. Although he continues to walk around and converse, somewhat, with people his speech is sometimes garbbled and he can not feed himself.He has also started to fall a lot.He has never been a large man, rather tall and slender so the weight loss is very obvious and it really has her upset.
Do you think that this is from the Alzheimers or could it be in response to some other health condition he may have going on that we don't know about? Is this to be expected and are these syptoms of the beginning of the end because of the Alzhemiers for him?
She has asked that Hospice come in and evaluate his condition to see if they need to start visiting him on a regular basis.
What would any of you suggest we might do extra and would appreciate any advice or suggestions from your own past experiences?