I'm taking care of my 90 yr old mom. She is able to live in her home as long as I come over and spend time with her most days. I do the shopping and the driving (she's still honked off that she can't drive). Lately I just feel so overwhelmed that I end up in tears.
I love her, we get along great, and she has only mild dementia, but the memory loss and the hearing loss take their toll. I feel like I should be more patient and not get frustrated. I don't take anything out on her, but it's loaded up inside me to the point I looked for a website for support and found this one.
Does anyone else get so tired of repeating themselves, both in terms of because a parent doesn't hear them (she has hearing aids, but doesn't want to wear them at home unless I "nag" her) and the fact that she can't remember things? How do you handle it? I have one sibling who lives hundreds of miles away and who is useless on good days and damaging to both my mom and myself on the rest of the days.
I'm not even sure what I want to say I'm looking for here. I know that I'm sitting here tonight wondering when someone else will take care of ME and I can take a break from taking care of all these other things that just pile up and never seem to end. Thanks for reading this.