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my mother lives alone capable of caring for herself. Since she's lived alone after reitrement, she's become vey hateful. Down right mean! Nothing anyone does for her is good enough. She down grades us 3 girls who helps her out constantly. Today she threw my sister out of her house and told her she didn't have a daugher and to never come back. She did the same thing a year ago. She is totally so negative that no one wants to be around her. I stand my ground and won't let her talk to me the way she does my other 2 sisters. She NEVER has anything good to say about anything or anyone. Her doctor is a quack and doesn't know what he's doing. It gets so old to hear day in and day out. She's always right and NEVER wrong. she has never apologized for anything as long as I can remember. It's like she wants us girls to be puppets on a string. She had a mild stroke in Nov. The nursing home wanted to do a mental test to see if the stroke affected her mind. She refused. She's gotten worse since her stroke so I'm trying to take that into consideration. But I cannot go throught the rest of her days like this!Does anyone know anyone who we can talk to about her verbal abusiveness??

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Dear hurtinginside, your post could have been by Me or my sister other than the fact that our father is there with her, but he's got Alzheimer's. We've both been pretty much kicked out of their house. I was there 3 weeks ago & she built herself into a frenzy & told me she never wants to "lay eyes on" me again. My sis not I have ever said anything bad to her, but she's been increasingly abusive to us in the past 3 1/2 months (long story). I'm sorry you're dealing with this. In our experience there is no one in "the system" to help people like us. Try keeping your distance. If she told you and/or your sis to get out, obey her wishes (as I have a feeling you've done all your life--as we have). Maybe both of our difficult mothers will see the irrationality of their behavior & come to their senses to realize they need us & we're here for them, but we deserve respect.
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Research is very important before placing someone in a facility. I looked everywhere and talked to facilities to figure out the best place possible for my dad. After looking and touring and finding horrible and wonderful places, I found a home but was refused for dads actions in the first center we placed him. Until we could find a more permanent home. He was sent to the state hospital for a month and it took that long to find somone who would except him. We actually found an assisted living near us. He has been there for 9 months now and is doing great. It not only takes you going into the facilities for tours but them excepting the person. If your parent is a difficult patient like my father don't be disipointed when they are refused. If they refuse them it's best for all involved. The staff who takes care of my father do a better job than I could. They love him but are good with him when he doesn't want to do something. My dad hates taking his meds he thinks thats what's making him "old". The meds make a huge difference, the Dr and the staff at the home. Communication between all is very very important.
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I also have the same problem with my mother. She has always been "sour" about family. life, etc. etc. etc. No matter what happens the glass is always half full ( or not full at all) nothing is EVER good enough and her life is always someone else's fault --. She "always gets the dirty end of the stick". She was a self-centered, abusive and negative parent and grandmother.
I hope I have moved beyond this or at least I'm trying.
In the past year I have moved her into an assisted living in the state where I live( to my sister's glee, another story). She has dementia now and her negativeness and nastiness is getting worse and worse. However, because of the dementia she does also have very occasional "happy moment"....but the other shoe always drops quickly...
I could go on and on forever but I just would like YOU to know that after more than half my lifetime of trying to seek her approval I have realized that I will never never get it and I can never change her abusiveness and attitude. I almost feel sorry for her--what a miserable life she has led of her own doing.
I now take the attitude that I have found a place for her where she is fed three times a day, bathed, given medication at the proper times and has constant entertainment and activities for her to do. Of course, she chooses not to do them but that is her choice(she still complains but now has NEW things to complain about).She lived alone for 40 years and was a recluse so any activity,even if she just observes is better than before when she did absolutely nothing all day and saw no one. Her life has been her choice not mine and I can do nothing about that part. I have given her the opportunity to be happy but I can't be happy for her.
People who know me ask why I take care of her and I always say that I would do it for a stranger.. and I want MY children to see me doing the right thing....(which I have always taught THEM to do) I am trying to practice what I preach .And I do keep that attitude in the back of my mind all the time...... -My suggestion for you is to-move your mom into a senior setting-Maybe being around people and experienced staff would help her behave better and hopefully be a little happier--in any case it might make life a bit easier for you.....I visit my mother once a week -take her out sometimes and stay all day unless she is really nasty then I leave earlier. I bring her to my home only for Holidays. At times if it has to be more than a week I make no excuses other than I will get there when I can.
Now, I always keep in mind that being a miserable and abusive parent and person all her life is her choice and I am doing the best I can. I hope I remember how NOT to be and treat my children when I am at this stage of MY life.
Research senior settings carefully because they can range from wonderful to deplorable. The costs vary and make sure you look for 'hidden" costs.
I would also suggest getting a POA (medical and financial) now for the future to spare you more grief and resentment. She will fight you on this but just assure her that you are only going to help her take care of her and her finances etc and they are still hers. After a period of extreme nastiness she will be glad to not have to deal with it. It's a pain to keep track of another's finances, medical needs etc but it will safeguard her from getting taken advantage of by strangers.
Just remember THIS IS HER PROBLEM AND NOT YOURS --deal with it with compassion but DO NOT let yourself be a VICTIM.......you cannot sacrifice your life for hers just do what YOU feel comfortable with---no-one but you knows what the right answers are for your particular situation
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We were told years ago that our father was diagnoses with alz and we watched as it slowly progressed but while mom was alive she covered most of it up. When mom passed it was like a bomb went off and dad was unable to deal with his own issues and would not stay put at the house and created all kinds of problems that he alone could not fix. Until he was unstable enough all we could do was help when we could and watch over him. It's amazing how far family members will let someone suffer before helping or let someone help them. My father kept up a pretty good act. He was pretty use to covering up his forgetfullness and deteriating mind. When it came to him getting lost just going around the corner and dangerous to himself could we do anything to help with his living arrangements. Parents don't want to be told what to do by their children and in saying that treat them with respect and talk to them in a possitive manor. Some times we'll have to deal with the emosion for ourselves along with theirs and it's not easy. You also need a support system to go through this.
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oh no, it does sound like it is lifelong and just a little worse now - and you are right it has little to do with her competence mentally. being physically disabled doesn't make you incompetent either. they need to assess whether she has delusions and whether she she is oriented to reality enough that she can manage her own affairs or not.

I am afraid she has earned her loneliness and alienation, and you have, so unfairly, missed out on having a loving and rewarding relationship with a parent that you should have had. You are doing no wrong by making what provisions for her care and well-being that she will allow and keeping a safe distance emotionally.

I know what you mean with the being nice to someone else and making such a good impression, while being so mean to you - it hurts, because that's not the way its supposed to be, and healthy people know that. Healthy people offer gratitude and not just criticism to those who love them enough to try to help.
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I have had Power of Attorney for 13 years. Not sure it means anything - to declare someone incapable even if they are homebound on oxygen etc isn't easy. One attorney said there might be nothing I could do unless two doctors declare that she is not mentally stable. I do not know if horrible, mean, manipulative and verbally abusive is considered incompetant.
My mother can be so nice when someone else besides her family is around. By the way my brother is also an attorney and he isn't sure what to do in this situation either. I am no longer around her physically but pay her bills . She has created havoc in our family and has no remorse. There are three grown children and all we can figure is that our mother is and has been mentally sick for all of her life. You would think that childhood abuse would have been enough - now we have to deal with it again as adults- somehow it just brings up all again-
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I would ask the nursing home doctor for a geri psyche consultation. The psychiatrist can evaluate her in an interview and do some testing. She requires a Cat scan and other tests not just the mini mental to see if she has dementia. Ask that the SLUMs test be done. (St Louis University Mental Status test).
Her negative behaviors are most likely exaggerated due to the parts of the brain affected by the stroke. This could be explained to you by finding out what part of the brain was affected by the stroke.
A CAT scan or better yet a PET scan would be able to tell you if there are other parts of her brain that are affected and causing these behaviors.
Medication may be the only thing the may curb her behaviors. A geriatric neuropsychiatrst would be the best to make that determination.
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often mean and hateful = untreated depression or OCD

its worse for someone who can't cognitively kind of check themselves and realize they are being unreasonable and need help or need to at least limit their outbursts so as not to drive all their help away, and worse still for a perfectionist who cannot admit they ever do anything poorly or are ever wrong

no easy solution when assessment and care are steadfastly refused - occasionally a thrid party may help, but some people are so isolated there isn't anyone else who knows them and can talk to them, like pastors or neighors, or just anyone who can "objectively" express shock and dismay at really nasty comments or behavior..I had a director at my mom's skilled nursing explain to her that .I was just trying to help by bringing her new shoes and they were nice shoes, and she wears them now. (she callled me an idiot for bringing them to her PT session in front of other people, as if there was something embarrassing about shoes, and I about lost it at that point.) I was also advised to not just keep coming back for more every day regardless of behavior and outbursts, as that triggers some reflection on behavior in some cases as well. apparently.

this is not easy - take care of yoruselves too, give thanks you have each other (I'm an only so I get it ALL), and God bless!
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how old is she? it appear that there may be a psychiatric component that needs to be explored!!!
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I am so sorry you are going thru this. Mothers are not supposed to be mean to their children. I get the sense your mother may be a bit envious of you and your sisters. Be prepared for her to try to put a wedge or cause a problem with the three of you. Stick together and love each other. I agree with limiting your time, dividing tasks, and stand your ground. Make a plan and stick to it and have low expectations of her and then you might not be as hurt.
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Any of you 3 have Power of Attorneys? Wow, it's a bad situation....she definitely needs to see a physican and that doctor needs to meet with one or all 3 of you BEFORE her seeing him...He needs to know what is happening and you won't be able to tell him in front of her! If she has always been mean, get ready for the day that one/all of you have to care for her! You need power of attorney, durable if possible....I agree with one of the other posts, try to, the 3 of you, agree on what will happen when she needs more care/who should be the POA.....etc.....Good luck, Bless you all.....must be very hurtful!
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PLEASE, PLEASE GET HER TO A DIFFERENT DOCTOR
THAT CAN EVALUTE HER TO SEE IF SHE IS GOING THRU
DEMENTIA. THE RIGHT MEDICATION CAN HELP.
THINKING BACK, MY MOM MUST HAVE BEEN GOING THRU THAT FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE I FOUND THE RIGHT DR.
AND THE MEDICATION THAT HELPED.
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Her meds may not be right for her. My father was acting very angry and then the Dr. got him on the right meds and things got much better. My father is in the fourth stage of alz and also has Parinsons which makes diagnosising problems very difficult. Instead of listening to exactly what he says we have to see past that and make sure what he needs. Now he's happy and loves everyone. The correct med at the correct dosage is huge.
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My thoughts are with you- it really hurts- you are doing the best you can. It helped me here on this site just to know I wasn't alone in going thru this painful process.. My advice is to limit your time and try really hard not to let it destroy your own life.
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Visit a neurologist for evaluation. Consider a psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation. I would then also look in to engaging a psychologist for her to talk to and help her through whatever "pain" she is experiencing that might make her mood this way. My mom has done all of the above. No neurological issues. She is on psychiatric meds. A big part of her anger is he idle time now that she is retired which allows her the opportunity to dwell on everything "bad" she did. As well as an extreme frustration that she has gotten so old so quickly.
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Strokes have been known to alter behavior ( my experience). I suggest to seek counseling for yourselves and create a healthy distance from her. If her behavior is not medically merited,than she is choosing to be hurtful and mean. You must understand she will not change. It is very difficult to turn away from helping our aging parents,but you will bathe in resentment until you decide to talk with her if possible. It will help to let her know you will only go so far with her because of her behavior-true they are like children. At one point in helping my own Mother, I had to regroup my thoughts because I have a five year old-at times I used the same response on Mother as I did on my daughter. It's sad but true. Being respectful is still possible. Showing compassion doesn't mean you accept her abuse;you and your sisters have to take charge with dignity. Good luck to you-stay calm,pray, and listen. Take a hot bath too! -new41
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You can stay away but that is a selfish solution but if all else fails? Anti-depressants may help her. If she is already on them then they may need to increase the dose. They are like kids and need to know they cannot dump on her helping daughters. So let her know and don't be afraid to nicely but firmly put her in her place. This may not work for her but it could probably do your sisters a lot of good. You guys have to understand that she is frustrated and probably aware that she is slipping and not happy with herself. If you can find activities that she likes to do, it may get her more engaged and takes her mind off all her difficulties both mental and physical. That allows for less bitching. maybe you can find her personal whipping boy like the govt. You may be able to deflect her negativity to that instead of her daughters. If these personality traits have only happened lately, know that is a result of what's happening to her mentally and physically. Understanding is the best way to deal with it. My mom used to say, "Pray for understanding and help and if all else fails, offer it up." Prayer and Faith can give you strength and understanding. God bless you and your Mom.
Good Luck
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You may want to have a separate conference with your sisters and outline who does what to help your mother. Don't allow eveyone do everything--only certain dtuies are carried out by a certain sister. This way there is a clear map and she can't overwhelm all of you at once or play one against another.
Negativity has a way of being a hurricane and scoops everything up in its path --including people. Lilliput is right--put some distance between your mother and you. When you can clear a path in your mind, you can return and "be of service" as if you are a friend, again, as Lilliput advises. But if you don't put distance between you and this negative hurricane, it will deestroy yoru ability to be kind and helpful.
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There are so many reasons a parent becomes negative or verbally abusive: they were always this way and now age has worsened their behaviow, a stroke, medications, dementia, or they are ticked off that they are growing older and want everyone else to pay for it.
If your Mom is able to care for herself just try to limit your time with her. She has refused medical testing, which is her right, but you do not have to pay for it. Just make sure she is safe and has enough to eat, etc. Perhaps some distance from you all will help her see how precious time is. Try to think of her as a friend or neighbor you are helping out...takes the emotion out of it.
If she continues with the negativity, hire in-home help. Sometimes when help comes free it isn't appreciated.
Good for you for standing your ground. Those of us who are caregivers seem to live by the saying, "no good deed goes unpunished."
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If your mother has always been mean, then having a stroke certainly didn't help that did it. I guess if she were my mother, I would insist upon a mental evaluation to see if maybe she's starting to get dementia or some such other mental thing. If the NEW DOCTOR that you are going to get for her believes that she's fine mentally, (just mean and hateful), then I'd leave her the heck alone. Let her stew in her own juices so to speak. Goodness, "don't throw pearl before swine" remember?
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