Would like your suggestions
My husband was recently diagnosed as having Fronto-temporal dementia/alzheimers. I had spent over a year trying to convince our regular doctor that something was wrong--finally after writing a letter to him questioning possible medication interaction and suggesting that he speak to our grown son since he obviously was not taking me seriously--he referred us to a Neurologist.
His MRI showed that he had been having multiple mini strokes and that there was shrinkage of his brain greater than the normal amount for someone his age. All of his symptoms are behavioral. He is now on a blood thinner to help stop the mini strokes and the Neurologist has just started him on Namenda, so I am hoping this may be helpful.
I have not yet joined a support group but plan to do so soon since I realize I will need to hear how others cope and to find resources to help me continue to care for him at home as the disease progresses.
My question is this. He seems to go on "food fads" and all are unhealthy. First it was a daily hot dog from Sam's Club for several months--then he switched to a Jack in the Box grilled breakfast sandwich. Now he is wanting steak anywhere from once to three times per day! He is a type II diabetic and also takes medications for blood pressure and chloresterol (sp). None of these foods have been good for him,but he will not listen to me or his doctor--he just says "it tastes good and I want it."
He still has a driver's license and he is unconcerned about the amount of money he is spending each day on the steaks. (I'm the one worried about both his health and the money) Have any of you had similar experiences and do you have suggestions on how to change these food "habits"?
I have mixed emotions between wanting to be a good caregiver and convince him to eat healthy--and yet thinking that this may be his last independent choices and letting him do what he wants. (Like hiding my head in the sand, huh?) LOL