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Why does my mother want to hoard newspapers?

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Lately, we've been getting the newspapers for my mom to read while she is with us. Today, she became frantic when I went to collect the old ones and put them in the recycling bin. My daughter, who is autistic; can not understand her grandmother's irrational behavior; therefore it irrupted into a shouting match about the newspapers when she went to collect them. Now she is taking the papers we bought her today to read and stuffing them in between the pages of a magazine as if she is hiding them from us. She is now becoming a hoarder on top of everything else.

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Cats are so independent, one of the reasons I love them so, but also so gentle to know when someone is sick, old or very young. I always say that a senior little cat or dog is so great for the elderly, and let's not forget the parrots that always listen and talk back.
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It is the weirdest thing with one of my cats. He is a Bengal, not friendly, not engaged unless peeing where he shouldn't and then when mother moved in all of a sudden he has a best friend. They hang out on the chair when mother isn't up. She talks to him...he talks to her...it is a beautiful thing! :)
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this is a funny thread. cats are pretty short on tolerance anyway. i can imagine a sporatic elder getting some pretty shitty looks from a cat, being the cats house and kingdom and all.. the cat will eventually go mad with no power - not a pretty outcome..
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Good for you Chloesgram2012, a date is a good thing. Now you better keep the cat happy cause he will tip of your mom, perhaps a wee bit of nip. Can you imagine coming home and the cat is reading a paper and so is your mom, peeping at each other, oh no, I got to get out more! Or worse yet, both your mom and the cat got into the cat nip.
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If we couldn't make a joke and laugh, we would be in an awful shape wouldn't me. My husband took me on a date today and I left Mom in her rocking chair with her snacks and newspapers, needless to say, the cat wasn't very happy. When we got home, she was in the bathroom, so we just snuck in and pretended we had been home and she didn't even know the difference. She has NO track of time whatsoever, of course, I don't leave her for very long at a time anyhow. Just have to get out and let myself breathe some, LOL!
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I am thinking about getting my own paper while mom is reading hers and play peek a boo. I think it is funny that the cat tips you off to the peeping game. So, I am practicing the art of detachment today, har har. I got mom into the shower and hair and everything done, perfume, talc the whole nine yards then it was ten minutes looking for her stashed pearls. Okay so that is fine, pearls with your pjs, why not, put some nice red satin pjs on and will be darned she looks like Hugh Hefner, LOL. Hang in there, we are in this together. When I get upset I can feel my heart beating faster, glad I am on bp meds now too.
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Oh ladies, it sounds like we are all in this together!! I do not wish this on anyone, but am so glad to know I am not by myself. We have a little bit of everything going on don't we? We all have peepers and sneakers! I am so tired after today. Mom is a NON-napper at 94. She held the newspaper and watched every move I made for over 12 hours today. So I gave her a quiz. I said, "Mom, what is that story about that you have been reading all day long? She looked at me all" bumfuzzled"
like what are you talking about and then started reading underneath a picture on the front page. Couldn't understand a thing she was saying. I just don't understand how she can do that for such a long period of time! Wears me out!!
Mom has hearing aids, but she doesn't comprehend what we are saying or pay any attention, so that makes them NOT work. Mom does wear her hearing aids, but they do NO good whatsoever. Madeaa, I have no idea how much longer I am going to be able to do this for. Mom had pneumonia back in January and hasn't been back to her doctor since. He told me he had done all he could do for her at her age and with her ailments. Well, guess who is going to the doctor for high blood pressure and blood pressure medicine now, me! I have an appointment on Monday to be rechecked to see if the medicine is working, and she doesn't even have to go to the doctor. Seems like there is something wrong with this picture!!
Thanks to all for telling their daily rituals so I know that I am not alone. Take care all and please let me know of any solutions that you may have.
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Oh you guys, Cholesgrams2012, you talk about getting old my God it is way past fossilized at this point. I can't stand this BS ARGGGGH! thanks, I needed that one. My mother was the most petulant I've seen her today, I now have a headache from her carry on. She peeps out of the door to see me, if she thinks the coast is clear she will continue, but, if I look her way she runs down the hall and runs under the covers. What the hell is this, their is an enormous amount of sneakiness going on and of course this just gives me a major mind cluster. How can you have dementia and be so controlling, manipulative, devious and spiteful? There is a new tool added to her arsenal now, she says "well you know me I just don't know what I am saying." this is after she calls me a choice few unattractive names. Okay, 1 tired I would go even battier if I had the noise thing going on too. I just say to myself, how long can I do this for?
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LOL, ladies! We have a peeper here too. Leaves the door open to his room to keep track of every step ! He "watches" TV in his room because the volume is so loud it is deafening to us, so we keep closing the door to keep from going mad...and he cracks it open to watch us. Refuses to wear a hearing aid! GAH! I have been known to escape on occasion by the side door, just to get out in the yard without scrutiny!
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Madeaa, yes she is! It is so funny, but trust me after most of the day, it certainly does get annoying. She isn't very discreet about it either, LOL! My cat will set on her kitty condo and stare at Mom and let me know when Mom is peeping at me. If me or my husband have to go somewhere, she will peep and watch us get ready from out behind the paper (she always gets caught, LOL), and then she pouts because she knows we are leaving. I know it could be a lot, lot worse, but after 3 years and NO privacy, it kinda gets old. Any extra prayers anyone has to send my way would certainly be appreciated. My best to all fellow caregivers!
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