I am running into a problem that I haven't read about before on the group. It is not a serious one, but it is lowering my quality of life. In the last couple of months my mother's "territory" has grown, so that she is occupying the whole house outside my rooms. She stays awake until late at night, going between her bedroom, the bathroom, and the living room. She wakes early in the morning before the rooster crows, has her breakfast, then curls up with blanket and pillow on the couch. She sleeps until after 11:00 normally. I feel like I have to stay out of the house until she is ready to get up. If I tell her it is time to get up, she'll say she doesn't feel good today. She is saying that every day.
I normally sit on the couch and talk to her while we have breakfast. I have breakfast in my room now. I used to sit on the couch as my place in the house, but feel it is her bed now, since she is in it a good bit of the time. She also "owns" the other three chairs in the living room. Sometimes it feels like she is marking her territory and leaving nothing for me.
When I am doing things, she often gets up and walks very slowly to do things. Often if I need to go down the hall, I have to walk slowly behind her. Sometimes it seems she does it on purpose, though I don't think she does.
Last night was a new one. I have a certain time when the bathroom is mine so I can shower and do things. We have only one bath that has a shower. She stayed in it for an hour last night during my normal time. It was no problem, since I just shifted my time. But it made me wonder why she is taking over everything that was mine. She has dementia -- no questions about it -- so I don't think she plans these things. Still it happens. It doesn't do much good to reason with her. She'll just get angry and offended, then probably forget what we talked about. I am starting to wish I lived next door and not in the same house. It is like my space is shrinking faster and faster.