Alzheimer’s and Dementia ~ Do you know what to look for?
Recently, I revealed that I will be heading up North to take care of my mom who has the start of Dementia. Over the past few years, my mom has been forgetting more and getting more repetitious in the things she would say. My two sisters live near her but
couldn’t wouldn’t move in with her. So I said when the time came, I would move back and take care of her since we are both retired. Although there is a difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia, there are also a lot of similarities, but you have to know what some of the early signs are.
Let me back up three years. We had brought my mom down to Florida with us for about 3 months. When we took her back home, we knew that things were amiss because she wanted to go home…back to our home that we lived in when I was little. Her and my dad lived in their current home for 29 years. That was our first sign.
There were also other signs when she was with us in Florida. For instance, we would give her the medication at certain times of the day. This way, we knew that they were being taking according to schedule. We would tell her it was time for her pill and she would argue with us that she took them already. But we knew she didn’t.
So, over the course of the past two years, things have been going downhill. A lot of repetitive acts, sentences and questions. About 6 weeks ago, she fell and broke her femur bone and has been in rehab since. She has been very depressed and just wants to go home. On Tuesday, she will get her wish and we will be there to take care of her.
We had discussed with her before any of this happened, what was to become of her. She of course, like most parents, don’t want to be a burden to their children. I, on the other hand, feel it’s my responsibility to care of her as she took care of me when I was little. I am lucky to still have my mother around and I don’t mind doing it.