By can't sleep - 18/03/2014 08:36 - United States - Crown Point
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The problem with dementia is that the brain often doesn't get the message from the stomach that it is,indeed,full, so they never know when to stop. Dementia patients will also repeat phrases over and over, without really meaning them. Taking care of a dementia patient is exhausting; I hope you're helping your mom as much as you can, and not just bitching about how much it's interfering with your life.
OPs best option is to get a fan to help block the noise. I understand taking care of an elderly person with dementia can be tiresome and frustrating at times, but it is in no way their fault. I was part of a caregiving trio in my family for my great grandmother. The pain, grief, and anxiety were so much worse for her, than anything I went through caring for her. OP, try not to focus on the negative, and enjoy the time you do have with him. Think not only about what you are going through, but about the war that is raging inside his brain. We may all be in his position one day, and I hope that if I am, my loved ones have patience and understanding with me, and treat me how I deserve to be treated.
Beautifully put, 38. Dementia affects the whole family, but always remember that it's hardest on whoever has it. It's easy to get burnt out as a caregiver, we all succumb to frustrations now and again, but try to keep perspective. In the meantime, get a good pair of headphones and/or a white noise app.
This reminds me of an old person misusing life alert!
Just leave food next to him so he can always eat without questioning!