My neighbor has dementia.
I live next door to an elderly couple, the wife as medical problems which prevent her walking well and she is occassionally dizzy and falls but otherwise can organise.
I called round today while her husband was out for a chat to find out how she is coping with her husbands Dementia. My husband takes her husabnd out on a Sunday to the bowling club, he can no longer bowl but it gives our neighbour some quiet time and he seems to enjoy it.
He no longer knows who my husband is and we have lived next door for almost 10 years.
I found out that the Dementia as moved on very quickly since January (we have been away for 10 weeks only recently arrive back in the UK).
She can no longer have a conversation with him and he cannot understand instructions.
He can no longer garden which he used to love or wash a pot. Spends most of the day walking around the home taking things out of draws and cupboards. Sits in from of the TV without the TV being on.
They are in their 80s and she tells me the GP said there is nothing that can be done for his type of Dementia but she is clearly suffering terribly from stress and needs someone to take him at least to a day care centre some days of the week. She goes into the bedroom and screams when it all gets too much for her.
I have said she should phone the GP surgery and ask for a phone conversation to discuss this all with the GP and find out if anything can be done to help.
We go away quite often so are not always here, they do not have any children or family at hand to help.
What can I do to help this couple.