My husband had had parkinsons with dementia for 5 years and has managed it pretty well. He has anger and frustration outbursts, has fragmented sleep, has some memory issues but is able to take care of himself.
Yesterday he called the little boy next door the "n" word after the 5 year old child was teasing our dogs. I have known him for more than 35 years and he has never said that word. I asked him why he used that word and he said "that's what he is". He's never been violent or racist and… read more
With dementia, all the usual social filters are turned off. He can't help it, but it doesn't make it easier for those who have to live with the consequences. I agree that you need to let people know that he has dementia, but don't be surprised if people start to avoid him.
Yes it is. Thank you for your support.
That had to be a bit frightening. I have seen behaviors and compulsions in my husband (diagnosed 17 years ago) that are far more troubling than the physical symptoms. I now recognize that I need help in coping with this. It is so hard when someone you have loved for so long seems to be changing into someone else.
I don’t have any real good answers for you. But I will tell you that with my Parkinson’s I am very hard to sleep with. When I really do go to sleep which isn’t often but every time I fall asleep for even a short time I talk, I scream, I swear, I tell people off, I do all the things I don’t do in real life. I have called people bad names when it isn’t a word I would use & I used the GD word which I would never use. Anyway, my point is our brain changes & I think it is possible your husband will do & say things that you don’t expect & might shock you. You can’t change what his brain is doing so I guess being ready to explain to people what is going on with him and apologize & hope for the best.
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