I'm dealing with dementia, 90% speech aphasia (from a stroke) and lack of mobility issues with my mom who started living with me almost 2 years ago after my only sister unexpectedly passed away. Sometimes I wish I only had to deal with one of these issues. Not being able to understand 90% of what Mom says is terribly frustrating for me and her. I do everything for her, except spoon feed her. I've tried so many things to communicate with her. We've even tried a communication book. I realized today I have to pretend my sister is alive when Mom asks because she began to cry today when I told her the truth. For some reason it's extremely difficult for me to answer as if she was alive. We were very close and I miss her so much. My kids are frustrated because so much of my time is taking care of Mom. I wish I could spend more time with them and my husband. To whoever reads this, thank you for listening. I'm exhausted physically and emotionally and just needed to vent.