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One hour she knows what day it is, but in the next hour she thinks its another day.

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If you can, go see in my profile "What is on my mind". That is my answer for mom on the "what day is today" to the n degree question.
M88
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i happen to be one of the people that cannot stand the constant question........................going to amazon right now!!!!!!!!!!
my sanity is at risk!
M88
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Thanks for the information about a Day Clock - I had never heard of one before. My mom constantly wants to know what day it is - she has a calendar on the fridge but if she doesn't remember to put an X through the day before going to bed she always thinks it is the same day. I am very patient with her but some people can't stand the constant question so I think I will look into getting her a Day Clock.
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I agree momsgotdementia. Time is not something they may be able to process or retain after a certain point.

I would be careful allowing a person who cannot keep up with time administer their own meds. I would discuss that with their doctor, explain what is happening and get the doctor's input.
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Daycloxusa is where I purchased my dad's clock. It is very simple and it is one of the best things I've done to help him. It was expensive but as soulfulgirl29 said, it is "worth it's weight in gold" to keep him from overdosing on his medications.
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I find it is easier to accept the fact they don't know what day it is. As frustrating as it is, some days they may know the day (year, month, season etc) and some days they may not know. Even with date and time gadget on the wall they may not remember to look at the clock and if they do look at the clock they may not know or remember 5 minutes after they look at it. My mom has a clock with the date , time, day, in a large digital format but she still has no idea what date or time it is. Keep in mind my mom has early onset advanced dementia she is 68 and has 15 hours of care per day.
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As I had mentioned earlier in this thread, I got Dad a "Day clock" and he is tickled pink with it :)

With my Dad, every day is Groundhog Day as it is always the same old routine. And Dad will doze off in his recliner and awaken not knowing if he had dozed off for a few minutes or slept in his recliner overnight.
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My mom has no short-term memory, but doesn't have Alzheimers. So she's very stable at 96. I got her a clock (on Amazon also) that has the time, date, the day, and the temperature.

The temperature part has been a big thing because she consistently has her place waaaay too hot, in summer and winter. So I can look at it and say, "Mom, it's 85 in here, let's turn down your heat or open the window or turn up the A/C." It's been a wonderful addition for both of us. And she's commented many, many times on how it's helped her to be able to know what day it is. It was less than $20. I have it sitting right next to her chair on her side table.
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I did find, once my mom had that simple clock, she never forgot to look at it, even if it was every hour, or 10 times a day.
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I actually found the perfect clock, all it says in big letters, "Its now Sunday morning."
"Its now Sunday afternoon,"
"Its now sunday night, " My mother repeated the clock to me all the time, and felt so proud. It was so simple no date just so simple, it gave my mother back a feeling of control. Found it at amazon, it is a little pricie, but worth its weight in gold for how much it helped and gave back to my mother.
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Usually she doesn't need to know the day. Yesterday she was asked to bring brownies to dinner at church this coming Sunday. I knew it would be a struggle to hold off making them. She was on track with waiting until Saturday when I left her yesterday, but made them last nite and thought today was Sunday. When I called her this morning she was about to leave for church. As far as the brownies goes, she has been able to follow directions fairly well until she made them-they were overdone and seemed to have too much oil. Thanks so much for your helpful ideas!
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With certain stages of dementia, the specialty clocks may be helpful, but eventually, they forget to look at the clock and then if they do look, they can't interpret what it means and also the information is lost from minute to minute. From the questions you say she is asking, I'm not sure that reminding her or instructing her to look at a clock would have much impact, because she would likely forget it the next hour. I think most people just keep repeating the answer to what they ask over and over as patiently as possible. I'm not sure of any other option.
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Assuming she has dementia and Unless she is constantly looking at the clock she's going to forget within a few minutes..

As Maggie said why does she need to remember?
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My Dad has that same problem so for Christmas I found him a Day Clock which looks like a regular old fashioned clock which only gives the day of the week, thus just one hand to look at..... some Day Clocks come with a clock but I noticed that 3 hands would be too confusing for someone with memory problems. I hope Dad will like it.

I found the clock at an on-line place called Clockway, item #DAY5320,
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My mom would often ask so I found a memory clock that that also has the date and day with a pretty large font so it's fairly easy to see and that solved the problem. She will only ask when she forgets to look at it or is another room. But that's rare anymore. I found mine on Amazon which was maybe two years ago.
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Why does mom have to remember?
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