My mother is 85 and over the last year she has deteriorated mentally. One of her major infatuations is with medication. Before she had dementia, she hardly ever took Tylenol and same for things like antacids. Now she has this neverending desire to take medicine. And it's like every week she finds a way to test how secure I've made my caregiving fortress (for lack of a better word). I had long ago taken over the distribution of her doctor prescribed medication. But last week I noticed she was always complaining of a headache and saying "let me take a Tylenol". After hearing this about 3 times, I went to find the Tylenol and found she had taken quite a bit of them. My heart SANK....After dealing with that medical emergency. Along comes this week. I'd confiscated everything at this point. Or so I thought. Because I happen to be taking her evening meds to her and see she's drinking something from a cup and she's foaming at the mouth. I ask her what is she doing and at that point she clearly figured out she wasn't supposed to be doing whatever it was and spit it out into the cup (the cup was still full so I know she hadn't consumed any or much). She tells me she was taking an alka seltzer. Ummmm...we have no alka seltzers in our house. So I look around and lord help me. She's put a denture tablet into water and is thinking it's an alka seltzer. I swear I'm gonna strip everything from her room except a bare mattress and a lightbulb swinging from the center of the room. One of my coworker's has a grandmother with dementia and she said to me these words "they might forget a lot, but one thing they never forget is to make their beds, pay bills, and take medicine". No truer words have ever been said. My mother's bed is ALWAYS immaculate (now my bed?? let's not talk about that right now....). She starts working on getting her church offering envelope filled out and money inside on Thursdays and does it several times a day until Sunday comes (which she then has misplaced and I end up redoing one to hand actually hand in)..And as mentioned, she LOVES medicine (she complains of a headache and if I look her in her eye and calmly ask, "what hurts momma" she'll say "I'm not hurting. I feel fine") Why is she so focused on taking medication?!?!?