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I am trying so hard to keep things together and stay calm with my mother but there are times when the things she says and does hurt so bad you just want to get up and walk away, Never to turn back!!! I can't get away because of the way she is and I know better. Everything I do is always wrong! My nerves are shot and my anxiety levels are through the roof!!! We are looking into putting mom in a memory care facility but I am feeling guilty about that too. HELP !!!!
Seem to always be crying about everything!!!!

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Leslie your mother sounds like mine (and many others on here), has never been happy and never will be no matter what anyone does. With her age and perhaps dementia the abuse you suffer will only get worse. My late father was an enabler, put her on a pedestal and spent over 50 years busting his chops to try and make her happy but it was never good enough and she treated him like dirt. She refused to lift a finger to help her parents when they were very old and frail - too busy living around the corner in a fancy house, lady of leisure, driving an expensive car, shopping for clothes, planning the next exotic vacation and having a good time. She told me a couple of years ago "When you were little I didn't want children hanging on my skirts, I just wanted to have a good time" ... you can't imagine what my childhood was like.

I have scars where she knocked me around and put me in a hospital when I was about 6. I learned to avoid her at a very early age. Now 87, in a NH, with Parkinsons and dementia, unable to walk since breaking a hip, her nastiness, dementia and paranoia have increased alarmingly. She barely eats anything as "It's not to my liking" and is skin & bone but offers to take her food she likes is met with a fierce "No". All she does is sleep, so I guess the latest game is "Martyr".

She's manipulated and verbally abused me forever, worse the past 15 years since dad died. She has no friends, having alienated the few she had over the years and, as an only child, I got stuck. I've had the phone company there 4 times recently because she insisted her phone wasn't working - can't dial it by herself any more and the phone bills I get often have wild long distance calls where she's tried. According to the phone company they either find it in a drawer where she can't hear it or she's turned the ringer off.

Never mind I gave up my home and career to spend 4 years housebound in her cold gloomy basement to care for her, everything is and has always been my fault and all she does is bellyache, demand, demean and generally be nasty, even accusing the NH staff of abuse recently, which is rubbish as they're wonderful. I give up. I'll go see her next week with some strawberries I have ripening in the garden and if she's nasty I'll walk, probably never to return.

Yes I've made my decision but I live in constant fear of what will she try next so she can be the centre of attention. If she can dial she may call the cops to complain of imagined abuse at the NH (I've warned them) or send the cops to my house for whatever cockamamie reason she can make up - did that some years ago because I didn't answer the phone immediately. I have POA and now she's trying to hold "her money" (as always) over my head. Won't work sunshine! I'm not wealthy but I have a wee house that's paid for on 2 acres (needs a ton of TLC, but I love it and it was all I could afford) and money of my own.

We feel guilty and it's so hard to walk away but, in the end, we have no choice. Take a look at the website daughtersofnarcissisticmothers.com. My mother is there to a T and perhaps so is yours. We are conditioned from an early age by these evil entitles (can't call them human) to take any form of abuse they wish to dish out without being hurt or complaining. I look at that site and this one often and that gives me the courage to make my last stand. Just call me "Custer" :). You're not alone. We have all given everything we have and then some, but the abuse just escalates. Why? Same reason a dog licks himself ... because he can!

Up so early this morning I'm going to take a nap with my precious dogs and perhaps cry some. Bitter am I? Yes! hate her?, Yes! angry with myself for putting up with it for a lifetime? Yes! I'm 64 and I'm determined to rebuild my life. My duty is to take care of her investments, pay her bills and ensure there's lots of cash so she can have the best care, but there it ends. "Mommie Dearest" my whole life, in recent times she's tried to hug me and I totally recoil. Too little too late.

God Bless you all and know that you're never alone.
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things might get better for you as time passes. reading a lot has helped me. to an extent i believe that patience and understanding are something you aquire with time and experience. it took me several months to learn to stop trying to reason with mom. took her to town tonight to look at lift chairs. i knew before we went that she wasnt going to buy a chair but you know? we went thru the motions anyway. she looked at the chairs, said she wasnt interested and i told her that was fine. it didnt hurt to look at them. your own attitude is what you have to work on because your not going to magically change mom. i know im not being very clear. we cant control circumstances, only how we react to them..sharing our experiences here is pretty helpful too. were all carers but some here are living a nightmare..
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Ihanna, again, I really think I do understand what you're going through... my mother just went to the police station yesterday and I had a detective at the house today inquiring into allegations of financial abuse... I got family dysfunction with a capital "D"!

So... how do we deal with this? Self care. For me, anyway, this is how I deal with this craziness. You have got to find habits that bolster your own mental/physical/spiritual/emotional well being.

I juice veggies everyday. I do some form of exercise every day. I learned to do Breathing Exercises that naturally calm the mind. I get on this very website and participate in a "vent" thread every day.

Only by doing all of these new activities can I begin to have clarity where the lines are drawn... otherwise, its hard for me to not just go down into a big emotional-frizzle ball of frustration... where I can no longer make any rational decisions about what to do next...

DON'T go down into the frizzle ball! ;D Do whatever it takes for you to catch your breath and get perspective. This means taking a big break from the constant stress. If you can't do this physically, then learn to do it mentally. I would start with learning to do breathing exercises... just type in "breathing exercises" into your Internet search engine and learn about them. They are wonderful and act like a natural Xanax on the mind. Good luck, sweetie!
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Dear Ihannaa, Your nerves are ravaged and emotions are raw. There are no great answers. You must just do the best you can for her and you. The things she is saying is not from her heart, but from a confused mind. Don't take it to heart! Today she may be cussing you and tomorrow it may be sweet as pecan pie. All you can do is understand that today you will do your best and it may not be good enough. That is just the way it sometimes turns out. We are all here for each other, know that you are not alone in the struggle. Mybe you can get help from local agencies,friends or family to lend a hand. If you must place her in a facility don't let the guilt consume you. She may be better off in a place that can more fully address her needs. Many people have tortured over that kind of move only to discover their loved did much better.. Big Hugs
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I wish there was an easy answer. This has so many facets to it. In my situation, my mother was narcissistic as long as I can remember, but my father was a buffer for that behavior up until he had his stroke back in 2004. Then the reality of my mother's behavior came to life because there was no one to "keep her in line".

Out of fear I think a lot of the behavior started, because now she had to handle things which she never had to before. But she still always had that level of behavior. For instance, I discovered that she was saying things to adult friends of mine to isolate me for being available to just her. She told relatives I was too busy working when they would call her to get my number to let me know about a family event. At one point she even wished me dead.

The only answer I can offer you is first decide where the lashing out stems from. Is it a lifetime event, or related to her current position in life. Then you need to examine the boundaries in your life if you have any or do you need to increase the one's you have.

Boundaries was a huge healing point for me emotionally because that told me, she was choosing her behavior, it was not my fault. It allowed me to still care for her at a distance, where she lived in assisted living because there is no way I could or would take care of her in my home with her behavior. She wouldn't be happy in my place or assisted living, so I chose the assisted living where at least I could get space between she and myself and at least know that I was caring for her.

I think you need to make some determinations for yourself and look into what works and doesn't work for you. We can all share stories, but the fact of the matter is you have to decide what is it that you and you alone can live with after she's gone.

For me and my situation, I can say for one I have no regrets, but I do not miss my mother. The only thing I miss is that I wish she would have learned that she had it all and the fears were false in her life. But I do not miss the emotional agony she put me through. Learning what true emotional freedom is like now that she's gone has been a really challenging road, but one that I am finally learning to enjoy! You have to decide for you
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Ihanaa, a big hug to you. You're in such a tough situation, far from your own immediate family and taking care of a mom who is in a battle that neither of you can win. Can you get some part-time help, even for a couple of hours, just so you can have a bit of time to yourself to recharge your own batteries? I don't have other words of wisdom because my mom doesn't have Alzheimers, but I can empathize with your frustration and sense of despair. Please vent to us, because there are so many folks on here who are in similar situations. If I lived in Vegas, I'd come sit with your mom and your dogs so you could do your grocery shopping in peace!
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I feel your pain, hurtfulness, and unappreciativeness coming from your mom, as it does/did from mine (how it feels). It's hard but after so many insults, accusations and her doing thing; I had to go within myself and learn to detach, as you will learn too, just let it go...let it roll off your back and keep on going. No, I'm not saying let her walk over you, but just start acting like it doesn't bother you....then again, it worked so well for me, not giving my mom that type of control/attention to upset me; that she told me to leave her house and don't come back 3wks ago. I use to do as you do now cry, and scream at the top of my lung (nobody was home but me). I use to wonder what can I do to help her, so she don't take all and everything out on me or at least that's how i use to feel. Currently my bro (lives w/her) keeps me informed of how/what she's doing; and he occasionally vents to me about how she talkes to him, what she does etc... We're her "guardian of person"; and I'm her ss rep-payee since May 2013; she's still very angry w/me as the petitioner of the court; but it had to be done. I'm not sure I could have done it until this yr when I finally detached and felt somebody had to do it...(file incompetency/guardianship (86yrs old)ie..demensia, skizohenics w/paronoid features) it might as well been me, since she has sort of denounced me in away; and always only upset w/me..she even told me to my face that her illness etc...is my fought, "go figure". I'm the one that did everything for her (last 6yrs), closest to her, so as all the books/meetings on this subject has said, "I'm the one she turns on". I still love my mom dearly, and do all her business ie...pay bills w/her ss $s, grocery shop, and cook/send food to her house, (live 3 blocks away). Since she said, I'm not allowed in her house it's made things a bit simplier on me...and I have no choice but to honor what she has said.... after all, she did physically attack me 2 times since the court hearing. I told siblings I will call police if it ever happens again, and they told her. I think she knows, I will do it, so guess she figures this is away of me not calling cops on her... She's still smart w/all her mental sickness, got to give it to her on that one. She's still angry at me for taking her to court, my bro's/sis say she'll forgive soon, but I know I did the best thing to protect her, so if that means me being shut out, oh well. Yes, it hurts (but no crying, screaming or any of that..just detached), but it's something that was necessary and to a point I was the only one of her children strong enough to do it (detached)....I'm the only one that had been here for the last 6yr to see, hear, and put up w/the stuff she was doing/saying. I'm so greatful that my bro moved in w/her from out of state or she would have been in a home..her resentfulness towards me had gotten physical, so there was no way she could possibly ever lived with me, as I once thought... Detaching is something you have to learn, go within yourself and to a point have a talk to self, and don't give her that control/attention over you or you will give yourself all types of ailments. As long as you know you gave all that you could, it will be alright...you tried, and that's all that you or anybody else can ask of you.
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My father is on 24 hr care in the home, and then there is my mother who is depressed and also 87 years old. Father was and still is abusive. My mother is rigid, depressed and refuses to get a hearing aid, among other things. Difficult to talk to. I have had to distance myself. Visit 1ce week. Have dinner with my mother. Handle all financial affairs, mail, listen to her complain constantly about everything. If my father is abusive, I simply walk away. It ain't easy and I feel down for a day or 2 afterwards. I also have a wonderful spiritual community and outlet at the Bodhi Center in Chicago. You need emotional/spiritual support and should seek whatever works for you. It helps me a lot. I take classes too. Non-denominational approach. Handling their finances is a lot of strees if I let it be so...practice mindfulness...peace and love, your friend Jill
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People wonder why some elders have no family visiting them in the care facility. Sometimes, there is a reason...not that you don't feel sorry for them, and hope someone does visit them, but it will have to be someone who is not going to feel obligated by kinship to put up with ongoing or intensified emotional, verbal, and physical abuse.

Sometimes it is the dementia that causes rather than exacerbates the behavior, as in a recent case here where apparently custodial grandparent first became unable to manage the housekeeping, and then their temper, and injured the child severely and permanently...someone should have been watching more closely!

I am doing my darnedest to make myself over into a nice person, and develop the habit of admitting it if I get overwhelmed....hard to break the habit of hiding that particular emotion though, it is too often a necessity of life in the real world! I may even try to tone down my sarcasm a little.
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Ooooohh! I am in the exact same situation! My mom is in a (ice) CCR and I have private caregivers to try and keep her in independent living as long as possible, but I am the daughter in California, while my sisters ar in DC and NY - and I have always been "the responsible one" - guess why Mom is here instead of alone in Ohio? Mom's paranoia and anxiety are BAD and I am the bad guy of course (though she's ok w me in person at the moment). Anyway, she really should be in memory care and I feel so guilty - and guilty for not having her at home even though it would not be possible for a number of reasons. What helps? My wonderful therapist, these discussion boards, Memory People on Facebook, knowing I am not alone, staying informed so I know it's the disease, meditation (goggle UCLA meditation)... I still feel guilty, but I love the idea suggested above that she's going to be unhappy no matter what, so why take me down too? Also, I remind myself of her life at 52 - she took care of herself and not elders - just blew that off.
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