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My Mom is 88 and suffering from dementia from previous strokes. Any advice?

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Lives alone and I am her POA and main caregiver.

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My first thought is should she still be living alone? My mother, now in a nursing home, has had dementia for years, along with Parkinsons and a number of strokes (which she came back from) but eventually there was no way she could cope alone. My paternal grandma back in the uk lived alone and obviously had dementia, leaving all stove burners on, getting up at 3 a.m. to wait for the milkman and so on, but the family never did anything about it as people were not as educated in these things 40 years ago.
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By the way - the best training I have received on caring for someone with Dementia was from Teepa Snow. You can find her videos on YouTube, and check to see if she is having any classes near where you live. She's amazing. It helps to see her in person, and participate in the role play she has you do. The one small piece of advice I'd give you is to maintain your sense of humor, travel to wherever she is in the moment while always making sure she feels safe, and make sure you have plenty of respite care so you don't burn out and get sick.
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This will be a good place for you to get support, and ideas for helping make her life more enjoyable.
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Welcome to the group, pattik13. Many of us have parents with dementia, so you are in good company.
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