Living with someone with Dementia is like living with an alcoholic.
It just hit me today when mom was having a psychotic episode accusing me of giving her "my" medicare mail and trying to pawn it off on her. I''m 53 and not on Medicare. Me telling her that only enraged her. She kept yelling that this was not her mail and why did she have to deal with my problems. I said Oh no, I cannot do this alone anymore When she 'came to' a bit she 'informed' me of how I need to handle her better so she doesn't get so upset. I thought wtf that's what alcoholics do to their victims -- tell them how wrong the victim is and how they should be better so the alcoholic won't behave so badly. When I I told mom today I can't do this alone anymore. She just interpreted that to meaning I couldn't handle the mail anymore. These psycho episodes are becoming more and more common. Parkinson's dementia! Just thought I'd vent my observation.