Mom, 86, with vascular dementia and possible lewy-body involvement, lives in a beautiful ALF in Texas. Mom believes she lives in poverty and ugliness This is her third upscale facility, and she hates it with all her might. I did not understand that until we got into a little verbal tiff yesterday. She actually sees her conditions as hideous and the people around her as evil and low-class. Mom sees herself living in squalor on the po' side of town. The absolute opposite is true in reality; she is catered to even spoiled, but never satisfied.
Personality problems aside, can dementia change what Mom is seeing through her own eyeglasses? She grew up in poverty during the Depression, but marrying Dad at 18 changed that in every way; from that time she had an easy life during the greatest era (IMO) of our nation. She had a faithful husband who actually loved her, 2 kids who never gave her any trouble, and money enough for a good life in a safe, clean, charming little town.
In Mom's mind she inhabits another reality from what I see all around us. Is this possible?