Mother, age 76 with early-mid dementia made worse by wine. Behavior goes from depression (weepy, sad) to semi-violent agression (shouting, yelling, cursing, out-of-control). Lots of lies, believes stories she makes up.
She just lost her husband of 40+ years 2 weeks ago - right after the drivers license & keys, followed by loss of financial independence (being controlled by my sister who resides in the same town). Unable to take meds for depression due to drinking. Takes Namenda, was taking Aricet, but will have to stop re/cannot afford both drugs. She has acute migraines, never wants to leave the house (makes up excuses) even though so many people invite her to church, counsel meetings, the Y, to lunch, class meetings, etc. Just stays home, gets drunk and cries or rages. Walks to drug store (approx 1 1/2 mi from her house) through bad territory to get wine - sometimes on a daily basis. Basic health is good...for now, except for the dementia and spiraling effect of the wine. Cannot afford assisted living - looking for inexpensive early evening help for companionship? Comments are appreciated.