Hi, My 87 year old mother in law fell back in April and was admitted to rehab. The rehab facility released her and said she can no longer live alone. So, she's now living with me and my husband. She's been here for about a month. My husband is an only child and so the responsibility falls squarely on our shoulders.
I've known my husband and her since 1995. I've always had a cordial relationship with her. However, she's acting strange lately. Her diagnosis is "mild cognitive impairment." I asked my husband to confirm that she has a dementia diagnosis and he said, "I assume so."
Lately, she does nothing. She'll get up when the physical therapist comes in and do the exercises he gives her. He told her she needs to get up and walk every hour, but we can't get her to do it. She won't go anywhere with us although we offer to take her. And, some mornings, she completely ignores me. Like, she'll say nothing. I'll bring her food and try to talk to her, but she doesn't say anything. Some days she does talk.
My husband says I'm taking it personally and maybe I am, but it's just so different than how I'm used to her being. She did hit her head when she fell. Could this be brain damage? Or is this dementia sounding? I'm so confused. I'm only 43 so I don't have a lot of experience with this. My Father in Law passed away at 93 5 years ago and he had dementia but we didn't see him all day, every day. We just saw him occasionally.
Thank you for any insight anyone can provide!