Mom is in a nursing home and won't stop crying but refuses to tell me what's wrong. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Mom is in a Nursing Home and spends a lot of the time whimpering and has tears in her eyes. this goes on frequently and i don't know why. She has been there a little over a year and seems to have adjusted to being there. She no longer asks when she's leaving. She has dementia and still recognizes me and my husband but not anyone else. When anyone asks her why she is crying she says that she is not crying and nothing is the matter. Most of her language is gone and I can hardly understand what she is saying most to all of the time. Has anyone else experienced this? I am confused and upset by it. The nursing staff is wonderful so I know nothing is happening with them that might cause this.

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I can understand why this is so upsetting to you. We want to feel that our loved ones are "okay," and tears typically symbolize sadness. Your mom may well be sad but not even know why. She may be depressed or be suffering from a problem with her medications.
I'd talk with her doctor and see if he or she can think of another approach for your mom - perhaps a change in medication. Each person is unique, so each case of dementia is unique.
You and the doctor may never get to the bottom of this. Remember that many of these things run in phases, so this, too, likely will pass. Meanwhile, do all that you can medically and then continue to visit her, love her, touch her and encourage this wonderful staff. Sometimes we have to accept things we can't understand. You sound wonderful.
Take care,
Carol
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hello...this may be some help... my Mom, too, has dementia...but she gets uncontrollable periods of laughter. I saw something on the news, just last night and this can be a condition of ppl w/ head injury or dementia They actually have a name, for this condition, but unfortunately did not catch it. Its 3 letters like POD or PPD...i will try to see if i can find out. They said it does not mean that they are necessarily happy or sad...its like a default way of being, for them. Good Luck;)
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I saw the segment on TV (HLN) again, this am!! The condition has the initials P.B.A....hope it helps!!...think Im going to look it up and see what i can find out:)
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I Googled it and its Pseudo Bulbar Affect and can happen w/ Alzh and Dementia
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