My mother is 84 with Alzheimer's Disease, who lives with me and my wife; I am her son. She remembers our family less and less. She really doesn't remember her other sons, which she see infrequently.
Two days ago, I was trying to talk about old times, but she doesn't remember my father anymore who died a few years ago, who she was married to for 60 years. She didn't recognize his name, and I pulled a picture or two and she had no idea who he was. She is recognizing me and my my wife less and less. Is this a sign of her Alzheimer's Disease progressing?
I knew this was coming. It was such an emotional punch in the gut, when she looked at a photograph of my father and she had no idea who he was. I know these are the "good old days," and that things are going to get worse. I keep telling myself that. I logically understand that. I guess if she can't remember my father I have to expect she won't remember anything.
Most days she still remembers me, depending on how she feels that day. I know I need to be grateful for that, because I know what it feels like when she doesn't remember me, her son. One day, she asked me to prove who I was. So I pulled out my wallet and my driver's license.
When an Alzeheimer's Disease patient is questioning who you are, how long can you take of them at home?