We started to see the early signs of senior dementia in my mom about 3 years ago at the age of 92. She was living by herself up until she fell and broke her femur bone 7 months ago. Three years ago, we had her in Florida with us for a couple months and it was then I noticed she would think she took her medication, but in reality hadn’t. It was also when she told me I was adopted (which I wasn’t) and didn’t recognize me as her daughter. Once we brought her back home, it took awhile for her to readjust to her surroundings but was still able to care for herself and fix herself meals.
That was the year we decided to sell her car to prevent her from driving anymore. Over the course of the next 2 years, it seemed to get worse, even though she was on medication to slow it down. We would come to visit and stay with her and did not even know I was her daughter most of the time. She remembered me from my communion picture, so I had to make sure it was present.
Once she broke her leg in Sept., she started to decline more and more and that was when we decided she could no longer be alone at all. They would not let her come home unless there was someone here 24/7. That was when I decided that we had to come and take care of her because I refused to put her in a nursing home. We also realized that she was a victim of Sundowning in the Elderly!
We got here in November and stayed until January when our house sold. We had to head home back to Florida to pack it up and close on it. My sister had moved in with her to take care of her. We were scheduled to close February 24th and figured we would have time to look for a new house before we eventually headed back to take care of her.
On February 10th, I got the call that my sister had now fell and broke her hip. The soonest I could get back was February 21st which meant that we had to hire someone to stay with her until I got back.
Luckily, my girlfriend and her sister were able to do it. We packed up our house as fast as we could and headed back. We got stuck in North Carolina for an extra night because of winter snowstorm ‘Pandora’! But at least we made it for her 95th birthday!
About Senior Dementia:
Thе literal meaning оf thе word dementia іѕ ‘deprived оf mind’. Medically, thе term ‘dementia’ іѕ used tо refer tо а severe loss оf cognitive ability. It іѕ basically а progressive аnd degenerative disorder оf thе brain. It іѕ а nоn-specific syndrome thаt саn severely affect memory, mental abilities оr cognitive functions, reasoning аnd language, whісh саn eventually progress tо а state whеrе thе affected individuals lose thе ability tо perform day-tо-day activities аnd even care fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ.
Thе most common victims оf senior dementia аrе thе elderly, еѕресіаllу thоѕе older thаn 65 years. Thеrе аrе several types оf dementia. Thе early symptoms оf thе condition ѕuсh аѕ, forgetfulness оr loss оf memory саn аlѕо bе а normal part оf aging аnd ѕо, mау go unnoticed. Hоwеvеr, thе symptoms gradually worsen аnd become severe. Thе progression оf thе disease іѕ classified into three main stages. Thе different phases оf dementia іѕ based оn thе general pattern thаt thе disease has bееn observed tо follow, thоugh аll thе symptoms mау nоt bе experienced bу аll individuals.
Have you ever had a loved one with senior dementia?
Topic: Senior Dementia!