Feb 23, 2014

Can Alzheimer's Cause a Person to Forget How to Walk?

One of my biggest worries as the sole caregiver for my mother was that she would forget how to walk?

Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Years before she was officially diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's, my mother began to scrape her feet on the ground; and, began to walk slower and slower.

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By the time I came to Delray Beach to take care of my mother she was already falling quite often.

The thing was, when she fell she could not get up on her own.

Thinking back about this years later, I tried to imagine what it must have been like for her before I arrived on the scene full time?

No wonder my mother was so mean when I started caring for her. Her life must have been filled with more confusion and terror than I could ever have imagined.

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Terror and confusion. I am not using those words lightly. It really hurt my heart just to think about it. So imagine what it might have been like to live it like Dotty did for years?

One research study I read indicated that about three years after diagnosis, 50% of Alzheimer patients reported problems with walking.

It is clear that walking is a problem, and yes, Alzheimer's and dementia patients can forget how to walk as a result of the disease.

I would really be interested in hearing about your experiences with walking.

Does your loved one have this problem? Are they unable to walk?

Can you describe it below in the comments section if you have the time?

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My mother needed a great deal of assistance during the last six months of her life. She could, however, stand on her own two feet, and walk a very short distance with assistance.

She stopped walking completely less than 3 weeks before she went to Heaven. This now seems like a gift and a miracle to me (I am sure most of you understand what I mean).

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The Alzheimer's Reading Knowledge Base contains more than 5,100 articles, and the ARR has more than 409,000 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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