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Lewy Body Dementia(1)
Hi: Just signed up today. Mom and dad have been living with my husband and I for 25
years. Mom got dementia about 5 years. She broke her femur 4 years ago and
after the operation her dementia got worse. This past April she broke her hip
and once again the dementia is worse. It is a lot of work to care for her
because my dad who is 88 years old can't accept the fact that she has dementia.
They have been married for 63 years. My dad needs help but is convinced he
doesn't. If he didn't get her all wound up caring for her would be so much
easier. We want to keep them at home together as long as we can but this is
taking a toll on both my husband and myself.
The Veterans Administration said they can't help dad because he does not have dementia (but her really needs help) but I need to get him to a in-person support group. One to get him out of the house and two so he can hear what he is not supposed to be saying and doing from a third party. Hearing it from his daughter is not working.
Anyone else with this type of issue?
My husband's diagnosis MCI>Parkinson's>LBD. Your husband's shuffle may be Parkinson's as well. It would be good to talk to the neuro about this.
You are really doing well with the activities. You could try paper sorting (old papers), photo sorting, easy puzzle and some art work (colored pencils, watercolors, brushes, decent paper, crayons) scrapbooking with stuff you are willing to loose. We went through a million old photos and threw out the ones that we could not identify the people. Planting seeds, sorting books, wiping our kitchen drawers....