I need to start discussing meds for Mom's dementia. How to provide enough info. Mom has been diagnosed with Mixed Dementia -Alzheimers and Vascular dementia. She experiences delusions (super complex), some hallucinations, wanting to go home, etc. Other times she is her former self, so it's intermittent. Even went almost completely away for like 2 months!
Mom had a stroke 6 yrs ago, right side weakness, so is bed or wheelchair bound. "Lucky" that way because she can't wander. I am her daughter and full-time caregiver. I think I'm managing OK, but so many people tell me I should start talking to doc about medications. Her doc gave me a referral to the psych pool in our network (Kaiser) but none seem to specialize in geriatric or Alz. When I go to the appt, how do I discuss symptoms in front of her when she hasnt acknowledged the disease and always reacts negatively when psychiatrist is mentioned. She imagines talk therapy. Would love to hear your suggestions.