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  1. Willow Willow United States says:

       I have an appointment with a neurologist coming up for a loved one (age 37) whose symptoms resemble the beginning stages of NPH. They have fatigue, vision issues, a shuffling gait, balance issues, muscle weakness, light sensitivity, headaches and some very very mild forgetfulness. They were recently taken off work because of the vision problems and balance issues. They live alone and other than fatigue, balance and headaches are ok. I have a couple of questions, if they require a shunt will they still be able to maintain their independence living alone? And will there still be mental decline if the shunt works properly? Any information you cna provide would eb immensely appreciated. Thank you.

    • Yvonne DeBartola Yvonne DeBartola United States says:

      I was 37 (in 2004) when my first shunt was placed in an emergency situation - although I had symptoms I was not diagnosed properly until it became a crisis situation. At the time I was married and also had assistance from my mother. I divorced in 2009 and have lived alone just fine since then. In my experience I had to work at getting my mental faculties restored, and I did this mostly by doing crossword puzzles and Sodoku - things I thought I couldn't do but eventually became quite good at. Jigsaw puzzles and learning new skills seem to help as well and these are things I continue to do. Anything that challenges your loved one is good to try. I'm not sure what will happen as I get older, but I'm hopeful that I can continue to do most of the things I do now. After my divorce I bought a fixer-upper and learned basic plumbing and electrical skills - I replaced toilets and vanities in two bathrooms and numerous switches, outlets, and light fixtures throughout my house. I also bought a miter saw and replaced some of the trim. I do my own yard work. Your loved one will be just fine. It sounds like he/she has been diagnosed early enough that they won't have to do as much to get back to normal as I did. I think you should help as needed if you can, but I don't think you need to worry about his/her independence unless they express a concern to you. I hope this is helpful to you.

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