Living With Dementia

My father is 90 yrs old my mother is 85, he has had a light stroke. There are three of us that are taking turns staying around the clock.  Moms health is not real bad but she gets excited easy .  I’m not sure whether we are helping her or not. Maybe she needs to have a little time alone with him. He is not an invalid just weak on the right side and has a lot of dementia. What do you think?

Chuck in Indiana, 59

When we have parents who are old and frail living with some dementia, we must keep the lines of communication open and very clear. It’s important that your parents know what is going on and why you are doing what you are doing.  They may be worried that you have a hidden agenda. It can sometimes be confusing for your parents to have different people show up at different times. My experience is that when there is an oversized calendar on the wall with appointment details about who will be there and why, seniors feel more involved and reassured every day.  It’s important for your parents to hold on to their independence and quality of life for as long as possible.

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