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On Page 15 of my daily newspaper there is a charming and heart-warming photograph. It shows a very elderly lady seated in an armchair, with her right arm in a sling. Standing next to her is a pretty little girl, aged perhaps four or five. The two are reading a book entitled "Getting Up." The little girl's tongue is poked out in concentration, and the elderly lady is laughing uproariously.
The story is about a care home which is about to open new shared premises with a nursery school. Play sessions with toddlers are to be formally prescribed for elders with depression. This move is the outcome of a five month study into the effects of intergenerational interaction on 40 residents in their eighties, nineties and hundreds, mirrored with a study into the learning and behavioural benefits to children attending the nursery.
So why am I fit to burst? This is the care home my siblings didn't think my mother, the retired teacher, would take to.
I am not sure what stage of dementia she is in..maybe “mid-mild”...has been going on for 5-7 years...but most noticeable the last couple of years.
I am loosing my patience more frequently...and it is really disturbing...sometimes I fall into the trap...and “play the game” It is not her fault and I would trade places with her in a heart beat...I am concerned since it is not near as bad as it will get....her short term memory is still good enough to remember when I loose my patience...
Most recently it has been her “alternative reality”.
I am not sure if it is real hallucinations or what but it is very disturbing..
She has historically suffered from depression and lately...loneliness...especially since she doesn’t drive due to anxiety (mostly) about traffic and now her previous friends ignore her like the plague, so she depends on me for entertainment...
I am worried as to how I will cope when it gets really bad...we have one daughter that is single and lives about 1500 miles away..future help from family is out of the question...
Does this fit the mold of venting?