Is it really alzheimers?

Discussion in 'Caregivers' started by dotto, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. dotto

    dotto New Member

    My husband was told he has Alzheimers three years ago when he was just 60. He has had several large losses in his life that he has never delt with. No emotion ever. Does depression and alzheimers act the same? He forgets things one day and then can do them at a later time.
  2. Missy2001

    Missy2001 New Member

    Depression and alzheimers can be similar. I've seen it with my fil who is older than your husband. When he is depressed, he forgets things, forgets how to do common things, awareness is not great, doesn't talk, etc. (this went on probably 2 yrs or so after his wife's death). We worried about him for a while that he might be developing alzheimers, but in the last several months he seems so much better. He too is a very private person and I think when you are unable to open up about things, then it affects you mentally in some manner. What led the drs to believe he had alzheimers?

    In my reading about all this, somewhere I did read that depression can cause dementia.