Help. I'm going crazy. My mom has been at an AL for 2 months. She is doing so well, a big improvement. She likes the place but of course wants to go home. One difficult problem is her planning. She cannot remember simple things like names, recent conversations, directions, but can fixate on and nearly carry out complex "escape plans." Is this typical of dementia? She doesn't seem to really try to escape, but makes plans to move, calls moving trucks, and completely forgets that she cannot leave. This is so frustrating and so deflating to her each time we thwart her plans. Recently she had a relative lined up to give her a ride to go away for a week! I found out quite by accident. I felt so bad for her I arranged the trip for her so she could get away, but we can't keep giving in. Today she says she is moving the week of Christmas and called a moving truck again. Help me deal with this.