My mom has Dementia/Alzheimers, also several different Arthritis. She is 83. For the past 10 years mom belches, I have clocked it and sometimes it’s can be 20 times in a minute. We finally brought her to doctor about it, we even were referred to a GI specialist, basically they say it’s a habit, like a tick. The doctor is completely unconcerned, which means nothing can be done. Just to be fair, she can also go hours without belching. She complains about burning in her stomach but after an upper GI and two CT scans nothing has been found. Her Dr. said there nothing else he can do.
For the past month she spends most days in bed, she won’t get out of her pajama, she says she feels faint and won’t eat.. she has worn down dentures that I know she has trouble chewing but she won’t admit that, we have been giving her soup, Ensure, soft foods but I am not sure it’s enough. She is not interested in doing anything. She gets easily agitated and upset that she isn’t getting better but Dr says thats part of the dementia. She won’t shower, she fusses about taking her pills because of the belching and has stopped her daily walks and crossword puzzles. We give her Mylanta like water, she has taken acid reflux pills that didn’t do relief anything, Dr has her on a mild anti depressant that also stimulates eating but I have not seen any improvements.
She seems to me she is just giving up and no longer wants to be around, and she has said that before. My husband and I are her caretakers and she is very well taken care of, but it seems like she is just going downhill and we are at complete loss. I was thinking it’s time to bring in in- home care that specializes in Alzheimer's/dementia care. I don’t think she is at the point to go into a home. Honestly, how will I know when it’s time- who can I talk to help us make that decision?
I came on here..looking for answers..looking for guidance.. because I feel alone, lost, helpless.. I feel powerless. My husband is with her daily and I see what this is doing to him. We haven’t been on vacation in years.