Deep in my heart, I feel that Mom's mental capacity may very well have begun to decline at the same rate all alone in her own home, but I question if being surrounded by dementia residents does some harm. She has been in AL since October after a fall and rehab. In the past week she absolutely could not remember a major occurrence from the Fall. Yesterday I was taking her tops home to launder and she started talking about the great luck she's always had in her favorite store. She named the store and it was one that closed in the 1970's. I asked, where??? and she repeated the same place. I asked if she meant Coldwater Creek and she said... see, see what being surrounded by these people does to me?
She had a point. Would these signs have shown up faster if she was still alone in the house mourning the loss of my dad? I felt bad for her because she's very witty and funny and can see the humor in things, including forgetfulness. But, this was VERY different.