I've posted this before. I've been thinking about sending mom to a senior center.....once a week to start.....for a few hours. When I mentioned it to her before I actually gave her the information she didn't say yes but she didn't say no. That all changed when I handed her the monthly bulletin. Mom lives with me and watches TV all day long. She has mild to moderate dementia but can feed herself and go to the bathroom by herself. I know she likes to socialize once she is in the moment....she proves that at every doctor appointment and when we are in stores...she talks to anyone who will listen.
I explained to mom that she must get up and get moving and have some conversations with others her age. If she doesn't use it, she will lose it. Well, I know that will happen anyways...but this will help. I can already see from mom barely walking at all....except to make a cup of tea or a walk to the bathroom....the muscles in her legs are weakening.
My feeling is.....and I've asked her this.....if she wants to continue living with me as long as she can she must start getting up and out of the house. She may or may not participate in bingo, bible study, movie day, silver sneakers, but maybe she'll make a friend with someone her own age she can relate to.
I left the conversation today with, "we'll talk some more this weekend." I don't think she's very happy with me right now. I told her she needs to go a least once to see what she thinks.
Yes, I don't work so I'm home most days so she could just continue doing what she's doing. But, I think it's worth a try. Advice, anyone?