Mom lives with me and hubby. My "official" diagnosis (as a lay person) is mild cognitive decline. Not yet in dementia territory but seeing signs of things to come. For now, just keeping an eye on the situation and addressing things on an as needed basis.
One of the biggest challenges for me if the boring conversations. It's kind of mind numbing and frustrating on a day-in, day-out basis.
She has triggers - I have learned (and shared with my sister) NOT to say certain words or it's just like you pushed a button and she is COMPELLED to tell that story. Again. It does not matter if you were there when it happened. It does not matter if you have heard the story a million times. I have also told my sister - just EXPECT the conversation to be boring.
There are also increasing examples of her using the wrong words, not understanding rather simple concepts, etc.
I often feel like I'm earning the bad daughter award for saying such blunt things but the truth of eldercare is really not always a lovely place to be.
SO, fellow caregivers, how do you keep your sanity in the face of this?
Some days I can handle it better than others. Good days, I just deal and try to remain pleasant. Other days, I just want to hide in my room so as to avoid conversation. Yup, bad daughter award.
Car rides can be brutal! What the heck is there to talk about when you live together??
When my husband is with us, he drives, and I sit in the back and play canasta on my phone or text my friends. Ahhh, it's such a nice break!