The Signs Dr. Oz Missed That His Mom Has Alzheimer's

Dr. Oz kicks off season 11 with the most personal show he’s ever done. He reveals that his mother was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and opens …

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22 replies
  1. Ginni Terhune
    Ginni Terhune says:

    You will learn from this that the stress caregivers experience is devastating! I think drs should be required to inquire about the spouse. And there are NO cures & we do not use Aricept or Namenda for "symptoms" as the side effects are bad & no benefit.

  2. Gail Gober
    Gail Gober says:

    I still remember the day I told my husband and father-in-law that Mom ( my mother-in-law ) I thought had it…..Dad got mad and told me I was wrong, to get out of his house….it still makes me cry. I finally called her sister, my husband's Aunt and told her and she and my sister-in-law went to the house, with Dad yelling, and took her to the doctor's. They said she had it. That was over 20 years ago. I saw it cause she got to where she called me 50 times a day….when I was off that was fine but I was at work…so I talked to My sister who dealt with Alzheimer's, she was a nurse, and told her about all the little things I'd seen. She said she had it and needed treatment Then. Well it took 3 months before I could get somebody to listen and Dad to let her go to the doctor.
    He kept her home, I helped him and she lived 15 years with it. I took care of him till he died also, he got a Geoblastomic (spell) tumor of the brain and died. I kept my husband who had pancreatic cancer at home , was holding his hand when he passed 2 yrs ago. Bless you Dr.Oz and your family, I pray you have help cause I didn't have any. 🙏❤💜❤

  3. Erika Alvarado
    Erika Alvarado says:

    My mom was diagnostic with alzheimer, you can see that she looked like she wasnt there anymore, she want laughing or looking at peopñe, it seems like she wasnt there, thank God i remove the colesterol pills, gave her coconot oil every morning, vitamins Bs, magnesium citrate. Now i wish you guys can see her, she smiles , she has looks alive again,. She doesnt look dead alive anymore, hope this help you.

  4. Bettyma Quail
    Bettyma Quail says:

    At age 18 got married in husband had demincia he would lnot look at anyone eye to eye. He walk in house back and forth. he can't hold simple conversation. He dreadred to go to work. He will give me work responsibility like cooking gormy meal of 7-8dishes for 4 couples.abd I had to clean home before they get there ,When he is sitting in group he look dovwn never participate in conversation. Most of the time he had frown and talk negative. he would talk hours about his won family members.when I try to consol him by comforting they adopted him gave education he shouldn't bad mouth them. we were blessed by apt on marine dr. Illnois.we seat for dinner at 6pm until 12am. he telling me all gossip about everything when I try to talk something else to change mood he would get angry at me and start bad mouthing my family this and that you never seen haunted house ike that he bought horoscope books on everyone and tell me about their hell. we lived front of ocean,cold wind hit highrice bldg. Windows make spooky noise God only knows how I servive. I wrote positive latter's to my family, so they don't worry. Know They were 5,0000 miles faway from us. He had no medical help or meds I don't think they talk about mental health. Those days (1970). Anyway I am ok now.everything all lright with me and my children with Grace of God in Christ Jesus.

  5. Sue K
    Sue K says:

    We watched my mother-in-law go through the whole process, then my hubby was diagnosed. He feared the edge ration he knew was coming and could see it happening in himself.

  6. Rahm Minai-Far
    Rahm Minai-Far says:

    Doctor Oz! Hear is my advice to You and to Your mother!!! Please google:" Olive's story living with vascular dementia", and then read the Comment of Prof. Rahm Minai – Far. Good Luck

  7. Lina Cetrulo
    Lina Cetrulo says:

    I went thru this with my mother. I didn't know she has dementia or Alzheimer's. It was very difficult to understand what was happening. Dr. Oz don't beat yourself up for missing the signs. I didn't really notice the either. You have my deepest sympathy not because she's gone. Or because you or I didn't see it happening to our mothers

  8. itswhatisee
    itswhatisee says:

    Sad and sweet as well because of all the love, Dr. OZ it's so obvious that you love your mother so much God bless you for taking such good care of her and telling her you love her every chance you get.

  9. tammlen 2
    tammlen 2 says:

    Hardest for me was there is no closure like with death, where you go thru a process… funeral, grief period, etc. My Mom slowly "died" before my eyes, forgetting who i was, but physically continued in good condition for over 8 years, where I was her caregiver. People would ask how my Mom was doing? What do you say, but be polite and say she is doing pretty good. But instead I wanted to scream stop asking me!!! She's dead!!!! But I never regret the years I cared for her myself. I was lucky to be in a position to do that for her, because even in the late stages, once in a while, she'd say or do something giving me a brief glimpse of the wonderful person she had been. This is such a cruel disease and I live in fear that it may be my fate, not for myself, but for my husband, who will be the one to truly suffer. My heart goes out to Dr. Oz and anyone dealing with this terrible disease. Pray for a cure soon.

  10. Susan Peters
    Susan Peters says:

    Know the path well. My Grandma was diagnosed in the 90s with Brick Wall aka Alzheimers and died 9 years later, one month shy of her 100th Birthday. I was blessed that she remembered me( I will settle that she sometimes called me Barb, my mother and her late daughter) at times. I had spent the previous 2+ decades helping Doctors, Patients and their Friends/Families deal with Alzheimers / Dementia . To date still have contact with many whose lives/ practices have been touched by Dementia. The eyes do change over course of time in many cases over time. I had to explain Alheimers one time to an old school MD, the Person with the Alzheimers, and 2 children who had gone to the Doctors appointment with their Mom. The person with the the Alzheimers is the one who invited/insisted that I go with her to her appointment. During the appointment which was more like an (interrogation ) I made the analogy of Alzheimers to a 'Brick Wall' Talk about changes in eyes, every eye in that room changed but what I remember most are the eyes of the person who had talked me into going to appointment in the 1st place followed closely by the ole school MD!

  11. hmt5oo hmt5oo
    hmt5oo hmt5oo says:

    My dad has the same .
    Now is complete mess.
    Required 24 hours care ,
    Constantly asking us for food and that we are starving him even the food in his mouth or his hand.
    Can't recognize anyone of us.
    Sometimes start speaking like he is childhood.
    Sometimes speaking like he is in his job that he is retired 12 years ago.
    Barely sleep in night and sleep in day which is required unbelievable effort from my brothers to keep it with his life.
    He can repeat some word for the whole day over and over+++
    Bathroom is another challenge.

    Scare to go up the stairs,
    Scare to go down the stairs.

    It.s really disease that can change everything upside down for entire family…

  12. Gin Liu
    Gin Liu says:

    Dr. Dale Bredesen from UCLA has a clinic treating Alzheimer patients. He also wrote a book “The End of Alzheimer’s “. In the book, he described over 40 reasons causing Alzheimer, how to treat them with successful cases. His book was recommended by Dr. Ford Brewer. My heart goes out to anyone facing this challenge.

  13. courag1
    courag1 says:

    My father died of Alzheimer's and though they diagnosed my maternal grandmother with senile dementia, that was a decade before my dad came down with it. I may have inherited it myself. However my dad at my age which is 66, already showed signs of the disease though we chalked it up to some of his idiosyncrasies. Later on when we were sure what it was, we could recognize what it was. Again, like you, we did not want to see it. I did plan for it for my folks and found a nursing home for my father should he need to eventually have to live there. That day came sooner than I imagined as he fell on my back and I was unable to walk for several weeks. Then I recognized that there was money to take care of my dad and I needed to implement the plan I did not want to do. My mother died just months before he had to be committed, so like you, I lost both of my parents very close together. But he lingered on 5 years.

    I have decided that whenever I find things getting difficult for me to understand such as a skill I use a lot, knitting, that I not back away but conquer it. Do something different and solve it. The use of the hands is very good for the brain as the neural net on the surface of the brain is devoted to use of the hands. To do complex things with our hands keeps our brains sharp. Yes, knitting isn't for everyone, but use your hands playing an instrument, typing, writing, painting, gardening, sculpting, building and drawing plans.

    I find I pray a lot more now and the love of our Creator sustains me through my fear. I have become vegan as it has given me a way to both control my weight and to be sure I do not get diabetes. My blood pressure is low and though my cholesterol is slightly elevated, it is not dangerously high. I am on no medications. I enjoy walking, singing, composing music.

    I am not going to throw in the towel on myself. In my desire to avoid this disease, by avoiding the medications for diabetes and high blood pressure and high cholesterol, outside of it not costing me monetarily, it also means these drugs are not clouding my mind. AD is thought now to be diabetes of the brain. Controlling blood sugar is important. My A1C is 4.8 when last tested.

    At least if I do not succeed, I am trying to not become a burden to my children who have young children. I have my husband on my same diet. We've both lost 50 lbs. And he is always watching finances, being a handyman and tweaking his antennas. So he has his own pursuits to keeping his wits. We are always going out and being active together. Yes, it is a worry, but we've decided that if this disease is to take us, to be as happy as we can and as healthy as we can in the meanwhile. It is the best for us and for our children.

    Many blessings to you.


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