I need suggestions and ideas on how to best handle my mother's anxiety attacks. I am her primary caregiver. My husband and I moved her from Nevada to Alaska and into our home approximately 2 months ago. She wanted the move to happen to be closer to my brother and I plus her dementia is bad enough to need daily supervision. She has been on board with the move and living with us all along.
Her anxiety attacks are usually triggered by the fear of being alone or left. This morning's attack was after I asked her if she wanted to go camping with my husband and I this weekend. She declined and was happy when I left for work. She fell apart an hour later.
I'm frustrated and feel manipulated. My head tells me that this is the disease but my emotions are getting the better of me and I'm angry.
Other than "talking her down" does any one have any other suggestions? My doctor told me that anxiety meds don't work well for the elderly. Does anyone have a parent who is on meds? Do they help?