My mother calls me names and then forgets. What can I do?

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Baxterri, there is really nothing you can do to stop this type of behavior, except maybe try and have a sense of humor about it. That's what my dad and I did when my mom had Alz. She went through a really bad stage of being angry, physically and verbally abusive (watch out for canes, walkers and any sharp object). But, as most on here will tell you, it's the disease not the person you used to know. On days when she was really angry and mean, we would keep a list of the names we were called and see who won for the day. It helped us keep things in perspective. As the disease progressed she passed through that stage and declined to a new stage, which had it's own issues. Eventually she succumbed to the disease. Now it's my dad and I living together and the bond we formed caring for her is now a blessing. Thank God he has all of his faculties (he's 88) and we help each other. Sometimes we even laugh about the things we were called and remember being chased with the cane! But we are in a good place because we know that before the disease she was a wonderful strong-willed woman and that is whom we remember her as. Blessings to you, LindaZ (or the hessliche weib) (the horrible woman)
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Riley2166, I agree with you. For those of us who don't want to do caregiving, it probably means that we are more susceptible to the stress. I have poor self-esteem, and the last thing I need is my mother reinforcing it with abusive language.
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I feel for you! I truly do! My mother called me "Hitler" because I told you that she must take her meds. Really?? I said, "Mother, Hitler killed 6 million persons." I was so angry.
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I agree, it's the Dementia. I'm my husband's second wife and when he would sometimes call me Carrie ,( which is not my name ) I'd smile and say " Oh ,she's the other woman you're running around with behind my back ! " It would make him laugh . On a serious note ,don't take it personal . In Dementia as well as Alzheimer's you'll find a little bit of humor in both if you learn to keep an open mind.Just thank God you can talk to your mom. Go back in her world and try to have her relate to something funny that the two of you shared. I do it all the time with my husband. I'll say ," Do you remember when ........ " and he'll smile .By the way , God sees you going through this , you're not alone .None of us are .Be blessed...And remember " But for the Grace of God ......."
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All great answers and suggestions. As my brother's caregiver I was told that as his ALZ progressed and brain lobes were affected, changes would occur, one being the filtering area, so saying what one wants becomes part of the new normal. I was also advised that past personality traits would magnify, that's an old memory not going anywhere. My brother when well was angry, his actions and words could bring one to tears. He was stubborn and able to stay mad forever. I often wonder why, what went so wrong? When he was diagnosed 6 years ago, we cried together, embraced, me promising to be there for him. The next day, he awoke with a vengeance, the start of the roller coaster ride. Did I not hear professionals' words that day? Was my grasping for knowledge useless? I've learned one must be focused and strong, not a sissy.  Mean words and/or threats are hurtful and scary and you have to keep your guard up for a "just in case" moment. A less is better is sometimes best, yet hard to always remember.  Bite your tongue, walk away, nothing wrong with a "time out" for you.  Take care of you! God Bless  
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If you are the type of person who can just brush this off due to dementia that she obviously has, then that is wonderful. And if it works for you, then keep doing it. But if you are a person who is sensitive and highly stressed by taking care of her (and I know many of you will hate me for saying this), then tell her off and make her be quiet and behave. You have to get very tough and firm - and it works. That way your level of stress will be lowered because you are releasing your feelings. She, with dementia, will completely forget you said anything but in the meantime you have made her tolerable to have around you. Don't take the horrible insults - it will depress you and upset you - so put an immediate stop to it.
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Welcome to the club. Happens to me everyday. What can you do? Ignore it. You won't be able to change their behavior.
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I guess 'amen' isn't worst thing but I am an atheist so it bugs me .. LOL -

I think of each of us as like a book & each page is part of us but some get ripped out leaving gaps - some of those gaps are memory, civil behavior according to our society, facial recognition, speaking, and so on -

As dementia continues more pages are removed but despite this there is still the cover [which I think of as the body] with its title [person's name] and author [person's family] - that cover stays & doesn't change much ... maybe just a little more worn but it is still the same book -

You know it is not the fault of the book that it is loosing pages - you know you can't fix it so just enjoy it as it is now while cherishing what it used to be

I find this is the best way to handle dementia for myself & hope it helps others
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I guess we have the alternate scenario going on: Mother is going downhill slowly, but obviously. She is getting NICER. I wish this is the mother who'd raised me.
When the brain begins to "harden" so to speak, various areas are affected. With dementia, you really never know what's going on in there. Mother bounces from one subject to another like a grasshopper. She can't remember much of anything that didn't happen yesterday or today.

My granddad (quietest, sweetest man on earth) did become foul mouthed as he succumbed to dementia. Poor grandma! She spent so much time apologizing for what he had just said--but we all knew that wasn't really him.
Try to let this roll off your back---she doesn't really mean it. It's the illness that's speaking, not mom. And don't hang on to the bad memories, once she's gone. Her filter is going--or is gone. She's just saying whatever enters her head. We ALL have filthy language floating around in there, don't we?
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Moecam--I assume you are referring to Tourette's syndrome, which can affect people of any age. There are videos of camps for teenagers afflicted with this, but not all of them use profanity. In my mother's nursing home is a somewhat younger woman who constantly shouts "Die" apparently in response to some creature she imagines hiding under the bed (from what I've been told). She uses racial slurs toward the staff and some residents. One day she yelled "you're ugly" when I walked by, so I said "thanks; that's the only compliment I've received all day" which seemed to quiet her down.

Wouldn't it be nice if the worst thing ALL these people said was "amen"?
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