Mom, 84, Vascular and Alzheimer's, stage 6, has completely lost her short term memory. She no longer remembers who I am plus she doesn't remember my visits. It doesn't matter if I visit her in the morning, then again in the afternoon or evening, it's as if I was never there.
I constantly remind myself, to keep from having a guilt overload, that it's okay if I take a day off from visiting and do something for me. Still, it's hard. My visit time seems to be getting less and less as it's hard for us to do anything other than sit and have a Q and A session. It's the same with each visit. I take Mom snacks she loves like popcorn. It's little things that make her happy and it makes me happy when she's happy. Nothing holds her attention. Not TV, or puzzles, or BINGO, not even my presence, and I'm her only child.
She has declined so much just in the past 6 months. For those who are farther along with their LO, what should I be looking out for in the days and weeks ahead?