Up until now, Mom’s been mostly “forgetful,” but functional. She knew where she was and what she was doing with me in my house. In the last couple of days, she’s clearly crossed over to the next level: http://www.omnimedicalsearch.com/conditions-diseases/dementia-stages.html
The other day, she was struggling to remember how to make ice water. She couldn’t figure out how to tie her shoelaces. She puts on two different shoes or leaves one off altogether. She sleeps in her clothes.
And she’s hallucinating. She’s waiting to see her long-dead father. There are people all over the house building overpasses and trestles. She was afraid to leave her “apartment” because she might trip the alarm and upset “Dan” downstairs. (We live in a one family home). She keeps asking if I’ve seen her husband (Dad died in 2004, and when reminded, she knows it). She’s been looking for my cat, Grady, who died last year.
I knew she wasn’t going to get better, but it’s still kind of a shock.
And it just started snowing here in Ringwood.
Thank goodness she has long-term care. She’s going to need it.