Mother is 80, and 2 months ago had a mild heart attack, has made a full recovery, but now has what the doctors say is dementia.
Five years ago, Mother sold her house, and my oldest sister had an apartment built adjacent to their house. She now thinks that we are "moving her around" to different apartments. Says that all the houses look almost alike, and she recognizes her furniture, but can't figure out how we get her stuff moved around so fast. Also, some have upstairs and downstairs (my sisters house is one story and so is the apartment) and the most recent apartment she thinks we moved her to is in the country. They live in a city. I spoke with Mother on the phone last night and she asked how I knew what phone number to call. I told her it's the same one she's had for 5 years, and she started to get upset, because she said I couldn't have called that number, because she's not living in that apartment now. Oh my...... We sisters (there are 4 of us) simply don't know how to handle this. What do we say? Is there anything we can do to prove to her that she's living in the same place, that she moved into 5 years ago? She's having some other memory/dellusional problems, such as saying that she was left alone for 24 hours (not true) and one day got dressed and was waiting for someone to take her to the movie (wasn't planned). She did have a UTI infection a couple of weeks ago, but it's gone now. Believe me, we have had her urine tested, as we were hoping another UTI would explain these bizarre behaviors. My sister has hired home health aides to sit with her, when she works, but Mother doesn't like strangers "just sitting in her home". One more thought..... She told me last night, that she's going to stop asking where she is now, because when she does, my sister looks at her like she's lost her mind, and she hasn't! Oh my........ Any thoughts, suggestions, explanations, would be greatly appreciated!