Hi, A few months ago my mother who is 61 was diagnosed with dementia and the first stages of Alzheimer's. She has been through a lot of trauma this past year she lost my father and the year before that she lost my brother who was murdered since then her health went down hill and she got severely depressed and ended up in a behavorial health center and from there she was admitted to a skilled nursing home where I'm trying to get her approved for long term care because there is no one that can care for her while I work and I was told that she needs 24 hour care. When she was at the mental illness place I believe that she was over medicated and she kept repeating that same questions every time I talked to her on the phone or went to visit her, since she has moved the to the nursing home she is able to carry on a decent conversation and walk with out any help but I do notice her short term memory is somewhat gone. Is this normal for people with dementia and Alzheimer's to go through these different stages? I'm new to all of this and really don't understand how this illness works. I also have been feeling really guilty about having to put her in a nursing home at such a young age and it just breaks my heart when I go to visit her and she doesn't want me to leave and to watch her walk away just makes me feel so horrible, like I'm doing something wrong. I'm only 36 and really don't have much help from my family in regards to taking care of my mother and my mom really doesn't like where she is at and is always crying to come home. I'm not sure what to do to try and handle all of this and convince her that she is better off where is at where she can be properly taken care of by professionals.