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Mom is ok, and not so ok
It was a sad drive home today. My poor mom. And sad Sel. I know she’s in the right place and getting the right care, I just want to change the graph to —-
Hard to accept, but you know what the diagnosis is.
Is she involved in the Best Practices life style? Several of us PWD use it. It is touted as a way to prevent dementia. Nonsense. But we who practice it believe it can, and research supports that it cn slow down the progression.
1. Tale meds as directed.
2. Physical exercise. The goal is to get that heart pumping at a faster than normal rate for a bit. Research says such exercise build new brain tissue.
3. Varied cognitive activities. The goal is to stimulate but not frustrate.
4 Mediterranean Diet. If this is A big change, go slowly. No smoking. Limited alcohol.
5. Maintain or increase socialization. We need to face face to face contact but we don't do well in crowds and noise.
I too am 'an only' witnessing a similar decline with my mum in a nursing home in UK.
She's been immobile for over a year with declining memory but as of last few months her level of engagement is downward and she gets exhausted earlier each evening. This tiredness seems to bring with it an agitation and she usually does a good job in removing the top bed sheet and then tries to remove the duvet cover.
She can no longer hold a conversation, doesn't know names but recognised faces and her most used words are 'oh yes' or 'oh no' generally used in the wrong context. Very sad for an educated lady but it's reality.
I visit every day, hold hands, hug, eat lemon mousse and try to stimulate any sort of a reaction.
It's very tough- I have loyal friends who support me but most important many friends continue to visit mum and reminisce of the 'better' days.