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Hi, As an RN with lots of dementia care experience, I can say that I've see the "cliffs" happen in many individuals who have vascular dementia, which often happens along with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Vascular dementia causes small strokes. Almost imperceptible to caregivers, they often cause a sudden loss of cognition or function.
I'm sorry your mom has dementia. It's hard being a caregiver and watching the decline. Glad you are on the forum and hope you get at least some of the support you need here.
I was just thinking the same thing.
My mother went into a wheelchair a few months ago at the same time I went on a holiday and her tablemate at her facility died. So many changes for her to take in.
That became a cliff for her. She developed incontinence almost overnight and it has progressed significantly over the months.
I, too, look for reasons but this time there didn't seem to be any other than what I stated. I still look and wonder when things change, but I'm allowing myself to accept more.
A music therapist friend told me, as I struggled to choose the perfect MC for Mom, that changes happen drastically and then plateau until the next step down. He tried to get me to realize that the things that are so important for me to have today won't be an issue in a few months. And in a year from now, completely different criteria will be foremost in my mind.
We just can't keep up.