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It is total of six siblings in my family. There are four girls and I am the oldest girl. I moved almost 800 miles to help my youngest brother with my mother who is 81 years old because he asked me because none of the girls lived close to home Only my older and younger brother. I do not lived with them. Since I have been here my mother refused to let me help her with her laundry and it is piled up in a lots of garbage bags, cook for her or clean for her. I have spent so money paying utility bills and repairs. When I mention that I have paid something, she is quick to tell she does not know why because everything was being done before I moved back. The problem is my mother does not drive anymore and cannot get to the post office every week and check the mail. I have figured out when the bills are due myself and to keep from things being turned off, I pay them. The utility bills are in my mother's name and not my brother, My brother stated, he worked six days a week and it hard for him to get them paid. I spoke to my brother about my mother room (just full of all kinds of things/small amount of walking room) and nothing happen. I guess at times he doesn't want to say anything to her. When I spoke to my mother about her laundry and room, she told me I did not live there and she and my brother did. Also, my other siblings stated they couldn't deal with our mother. My mother attitude has only only gotten worst since getting older. Most of the siblings and myself have had our share of tears from her and God knows since moving back I have shed a lot more. But what can you do, that is my mother and she really needs my help.

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Think of something she used to wear and ask where it is....make a game out of it. The one thing I have learned from my parents was that "looking for something"...."did you take it?" was a constant pasttime. "You look so pretty in that pink blouse....I'll bet it is in the laundry"...should get you the golden ticket to sort out some loads of laundry! Bless you because it sounds like you are now the family laundress.
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Time to reverse the rolls, Jolanda.

"Mom, I'm hear because youngest brother asked for help to take care of you. Without help? You won't be living here because you can't manage alone.

Starting today I'm doing the laundry. When I've finished with that, I'm starting on your room. I'll be picking up your mail and reminding you to pay your bills. And other things that youngest brother needs me to help with so you can have a good life. Try not to make my life miserable in the process."

Don't ask for permission. Scoop up the laundry and get busy.

Your mom isn't herself. I bet she'll come around if you are assertive. Good daughter. Good sister.
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Yours is a common problem here on this site. Many people feel this way about their elderly parent at one time or another if not all the time.

The dementia is what's changed your mom's personality. If you can keep that in mind it might help in dealing with your mother. Dementia is basically brain damage. Your mom has brain damage from the illness and can no longer function as she once did. If you can bring your thoughts and feelings around to thinking that way it might help you cope better.

It's so challenging being around someone with dementia. You're a good daughter for pulling up stakes and moving to be closer to your mom.
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