Dementia is really tough on families. Alzheimer’s is even worse being that it is a more advanced form of dementia. It comes in stages and as each stage progresses, it is more and more difficult to witness the changes and setbacks.
Working with individuals with dementia can prove to be difficult sometimes, but if the individuals are not in the ‘mean’ stage, they are ordinarily extremely kind and loving. They say such endearing things that is makes my heart hurt sometimes.
What is hard on the families is that many times the really good times and the good memories are forgotten. In extreme cases of Alzheimer’s, the senior may not even remember their family members. The individual that they have forgotten could be present and the senior could be talking about them as if they were a million miles away; very emotionally draining!
What you, as family members, have to remember is that your parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle is not doing this on purpose. In times of remembrance, they are just as bothered by their forgetfulness as you are.
Try to be patient and not let them see how this is affecting you. It could only make matters that much worse. If you can, try hopping on my bandwagon and realize that With Age Comes Respect. It will help in the end.