My mother has dementia
August 26, 2008 1:06pm CST
This has been so hard, because a couple of months ago she was fine. We moved her to an assisted living place and she is apparently wandering through the halls into other peoples apartments! No only that, she is hallucinating. It is so frightening for her and for us.
• United States
28 Aug 08
My father-in-law also has the early stages of it. His was caused by small strokes (he remembers having numbness in his face a few times and had spontaneous hearing loss and then regained it later) MRIs were done.The damage from strokes were evident thru lots of tests. Did your mother have lots of testing? There are many reasons for dementia (Alzheimers, stroke, head injury, certain diseases, even medication overdosage) I know that my father-in-law has good days and bad days and we have learned to cherish the good days but also to have some humor on the bad ones. It is easier for my husband and myself than it is for my mother-in-law. She lives with him and we live 2 and 1/2 hours away. She gets very tired. They were always "on the go" and now she will not admit that things must slow down. She had some resentment even though she knows that he can't help the things he does sometimes. Some of his symptoms were made worse by medication. Some have lessened with other meds.Don't take the doctor's word as gospel. Keep pushing for what your mother needs.
• United States
13 Nov 08
It's rough what you're going through. I've been there. Is the assisted living facility also a memory care facility? Dementia has many stages. The staff is trained in caring for residents with memory problems. What would be helpful for you is to join a support group. Maybe where your mom is living at has such a group. Stay strong.