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Any suggestions on how to cope with a mother who makes constant verbal sounds?
I need help! My mother in law (69) is staying with us at the moment but she's driving me crazy. She makes noises constantly. If she's reading a book, she shuffles her feet, tapping the floor all the time and makes um um hmmmm noises. If she walks or moves the noises increase... Panting, oohing and ahhing with every step. When she goes into the shower the volume increases so much you can hear her all over the house. She has started eating with her mouth open, filling her mouth so full, food spills out and speaking with her mouth full. Are these signs of dementia, or something else?

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Sure sounds like something is going on in her brain and it's not normal. Of course her child will tell you she is just fine. Often it takes a 3rd party to notice this stuff.
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Sparkgirl, to learn about dementia/Alzheimer's click on https://www.agingcare.com/Alzheimers-Dementia and scroll down to the various articles. There is even an article on bad manners which sounds like what your Mom is now doing.
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The verbal sounds you describe sound like she's experiencing anxiety. Has your MIL ever been treated for anxiety?

As for the food, that's just bad manners.
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