Ilsa Katz was 85 when her daughter, Vivian Atkins, first noticed that her mother was becoming increasingly confused.
“She couldn’t remember names, where she’d been or what she’d done that
day,” Ms. Atkins recalled in an interview. “Initially, I was not too
worried. I thought it was part of normal ageing. But over time, the
confusion and memory problems became more severe and more frequent.”
Her mother couldn’t remember the names of close relatives or what day it
was. She thought she was going to work or needed to go downtown, which
she never did. And she was often agitated.
A workup at a memory clinic resulted in a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease,
and Ms. Katz was prescribed Aricept, which Ms. Atkins said seemed to
make matters worse. But the clinic also tested Ms. Katz’s blood level of
vitamin B12. It was well below normal, and her doctor thought that
could be contributing to her symptoms. Weekly B12 injections were begun. “Soon afterward, she became less
agitated, less confused and her memory was much better,” said Ms.
Atkins. “I felt I had my mother back, and she feels a lot better, too.”
Now 87, Ms. Katz still lives alone in Manhattan and feels well enough to refuse outside assistance.
Source - New York Times