Dementia madison carlson

My great grandmother Jacqueline Molmy Littierre was born February 18, 1932 in Reims, France

Childhood picture at her home in Reims.

She came to the U.S in 1977 with her two daughters, her son and the rest of her family

Jackie's passport picture

Jackie was diagnosed with Dementia in 2009 after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall. Dementia is a disorder of mental processes caused by disease (or in this case brain injury) that is marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning.

After being diagnosed, it only took months before the disease greatly affected her ability to do everyday task such as cooking, cleaning and even taking care of herself. She began storing things in wrong places like toilet paper in the refrigerator, and getting lost driving to familiar places. Due to the dementia her behavior has greatly changed. She becomes extremely angry at her daughters who go to take care of her daily in an assisted living home because she is typically unaware of who they are and in most dementia patients confusion can make them very combative.

Jackie is currently 85 years old and living in Whitley Place assisted living memory care center.

The long term prognosis for dementia can vary with different patients and is dependent on many factors. In Jackie's case the dementia progressed so fast in such a short span of time and she was already very old when diagnosed, there was really no rehabilitation options available other than 24/7 around the clock care by nurses. There are medications to help with behavioral deficits suffered but no specific medication to treat the affected areas of her brain and the dementia itself.

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