Quick background, mom is 80 years old with midstage Alzheimer's. She's able to do many things with direction and limited help on my part; bath, dress, eat. She's mobile and loves to be out. We go out to eat a couple of times a week and shopping almost every day, we may only pick up a loaf of bread but it gets her out of the house. Also, getting out helps keep my sanity!
A couple of months ago she started making noises and talking to herself. Lots of noises when eating at home, less when eating out. Because of this I've started giving a lot of thought to where we go, trying to go places when it's not busy so we/she doesn't bother anyone. She's not rude towards anyone or loud, the talking to herself are things like "oh my, geez".
It occurred to me yesterday that I've never noticed this kind of behavior in other seniors when I've been out. I'm wondering if I'm trying to hard to keep her in "normal" society?
At this point I'm trying to keep her engaged and happy knowing at any time things will change and she won't be able to go out.