What stage of Alzheimer's disease is aphasia

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Aphasia and Alzheimer's disease

Member since 09/25/2003

My mother (79 years old) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about 1.5 years ago.
My mother still lives in her own apartment with her husband (80 years old).

In the MMST, she scored 19 out of 30 points in the diagnosis. That was in the year 11/2003.

At the time, she was given Auxura medication, and she still takes this pill. It probably didn't help, as I rate the course very blatantly.

During the diagnosis, a CT scan in 2003 also found that there were 2 undetected cerebral infarctions. Furthermore, brain atrophy was confirmed by the examination.

During personal discussions with the doctor, I was told that my mother had a mixed form of vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease and that there was nothing left to do.

For me it is bad to find that my mother is almost no longer able to speak anything at all. The language center (???) must be completely disturbed.
This aphasia has especially developed in the past 6-8 months.

The neurologist does not consider further diagnostics to be necessary because "there is nothing more to be done". also "progress examinations", e.g. whether further multiple infarcts have occurred ... seem inappropriate for him.

My mother is relatively calm, but recently extremely depressed, as far as I can tell. However, it develops a certain kind of perception that is not true at all.
She sees strangers in the apartment. The fear she felt is probably real with her.
There has also been absolute incontinence for about 2-3 months. Is this also a consequence of Alzheimer's disease?

My question would be: As a son, should I urge you to have another diagnostic (possibly inpatient) carried out? Or should I accept the circumstances? I do not want to expose my mother to further diagnostics either. I also don't want to give her any "false" hopes!
Can't you do anything about what I believe to be depression? Or does it bring something?

Where can I possibly inquire or get information on the question: What else do Alzheimer's patients notice?

Should my questions be a bit "difus" or "too easy" ... Sorry ..

Would be thankful for every hint.


Member since November 12, 2005

Dear Frdachs,
I don't know whether an answer is still relevant for you - I am a speech therapist who has been dealing with the topic of Alzheimer's and / or aphasia for many years. Unfortunately, it is really hard to tell the two apart. If aphasia has crept in and worsened, then it is likely that it is actually the result of Alzheimer's disease, especially when it is accompanied by delusions. Speech disorders up to silence definitely belong to the late stage of Alzheimer's disease. And it seems that there is nothing that can be changed by therapy. However, one can learn to deal with these language / communication problems. The Alzheimer Society has a lot of good information on this, as do pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, http://www.alzheimer-bw.de/cms/0600/index.php

I find the diagnosis of "Alzhiemer" in 2003 more critical, when strokes have occurred at the same time. The or their consequences could have been influenced therapeutically. You can find information on the subject of "APhasia" at http://www.aphasiker.de (aphasia self-help).

I don't know if I could (still) help you! I would be interested to know what happened to your mother!

Best regards,
Andrea Schultze-Jena

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