Stop Walking And Weakness

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Asked by NC

Stop Walking And Weakness

My father-in-law stopped walking on his own with the cane in May. Ever since then, he has been said to be weak. He cannot sit down or get up by himself and he does it very slowly. He can use the walker but cannot really lift it or redirect it. He is 90.

He gets very tired after he uses the walker to walk about 15-20 steps. He has heart failure also. He also takes antidepressant and water pills. Overall, I know the brain forgets how to walk, but why would this cause such weakness? I know not exercing causes more weakness. But he has been weak since the first time he stopped walking in May.

Could anyone please explain this weakness? Does this result from the decline of AD?

Thanks,

NC

Answer

Hi, Nina,

I agree with everyone's comments. Hopefully, clearing up the UTI will help him regain strength.

I also wanted to add that my mom, who died at the age of 83, also became very weak once she started using a wheelchair. ( She didn't really use a walker or cane, which would have been difficult since she had to use oxygen 24/7 and wasn't strong enough to wheel the tank around.) I think it was the combination of the Alzheimer's disease and her Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease that caused her weakness. Some of her doctors also thought she was having some heart issues, although we never got a firm diagnosis.

Anyway, Mom got to the point that her exercise became shuffling herself down the hallway in her wheelchair, stopping to take breaks often as she gasped for air. It was heartbreaking to watch, especially since Mom was always a vital and active woman prior to this decline. However, I don't know what I could have done to change this situation.

Take care and keep us posted!

Dorian

Answered by Dorian Martin