My MIL is currently in early Stage 3 Alzheimer’s. She is beginning to progress rapidly through this insidious disease. My FIL is her sole caregiver. My MIL can still stay at home by herself for short periods. However, I’m thinking that’s because she is aware that she forgets things. I am thinking there will come a time when she will forget that she forgets.
My FIL is often frustrated with her and asks us to “try and talk sense into her.” My DH and I know some of this comes from frustration and just being tired of having to oversee everything...although my MIL still can perform all self-help skills. Tonight he told us for the past week, she was getting irrationally angry at night after being happy all day. I suggested she might be experiencing Sundowner’s Syndrome and also suggested he call her neurologist. He brushed it off.
I know he takes good care of my MIL. But I know they often have words because he tries to rationalize with someone whose language processing skills are limited. I’m not sure how to broach this with him. Do we just let him vent and have two frustrated, unhappy people? Or should we do more?