I have not been around anyone with Dementia/Alzheimer’s until my mother-in-law was diagnosed. I thought it was a disease it-self until I did some research. And found that the symptoms of dementia can improve with treatment. But many of the diseases that cause dementia aren’t curable.
Earlier on before the diagnosis, my mother-in-law would go out and forget where she lived. Luckily, one of her church members found her sitting in the parking lot of the grocery store. When asked, she admitted that she did not know where she lived. That incident prompted my husband and his sisters to take control.
She is no longer able to find her way around as well as she used to, even to familiar places.
She would answer the telephone, and we all know that solicitors call, well she started buying stuff, and then swore that someone was stealing her money. When the items arrived, when asked about it, “I did not order that” She did not pay her telephone bill, and it was disconnected. She insisted she paid the bill and asked the company to turn her phone back on. She also signed documents for the sale of a property for one dollar. Luckily, it was her granddaughter, who should have known better than to take advantage of her.
Needless, to say, my mother-in-law is no longer driving, only because her tires are flat purposely, and her keys disappeared or in control of her bank account,
She still refuses to allow anyone to come in and help her. She says there is nothing wrong with her.
It hasn’t been easy on the family, my husband and I live in Washington, DC, and he can’t do as much due to the distance, other than monetary support.
His sister and her daughter is the primary caregiver.
Everyone tries to see the funny or positive side of things whenever possible, to lightens the mood when dealing with her.
We are driving down to Florida to pay her a visit tomorrow; hopefully, she will know who we are, especially her son. Once he asked, do you know who I am, she respond no, and who are you? I am your son. She said no, you are not.
It take special people to take care of anyone with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.