My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with "mild congnative impairment" after 8 months of testing. She is only 65 years old but she is a type 2 diabetic. The Neuro Phycologist that did the testing said that he believes she is very close to "vascular dementia". We think she is much much worse and is a master at hiding it from the doctor.
She lives alone in a 55+ apartment complex. She can no longer drive (but insist that she can) She cant remember to check her blood sugar, or take her insulin when she should. She is supposed to take a short acting insulin after every meal, and long acting insulin at night before bed but she forgets to take them sometimes. We check her testing meter every few days and her readings are wildly erratic. 52 in the middle of the night 505 in the late afternoon. We have tried so hard to get her to fill out a chart (which we hung on her fridge) listing her glucose readings, meals, and insulin doses, but she can't remember to do it.
She eats a lot and eats carbs and sweets often. We started grocery shopping with her about 8 months ago but she gets her friends to take her shopping and buys junk.
She can no longer pay her own bills, or balance her checkbook. She has no short term memory longer than a few hours. She does not know that she has dementia and does not understand why we come over and call her so often. She has been told by the doctor, and by my husband and I at least 75 times! We can sit down and explain it all to her and she gets upset and cries but then an hour later she has no idea that we were even there! This seems way worse than "mild impairment" to us!!!!
This all started about 8 months ago so it's still new for us! We have no other family to help out with her care. I've had to take time off from my business to take care of her but
I can't keep this up! Should we continue to let her live alone? We tried hiring an aide but my MIL keeps telling her not to come or doesn't answer the door or phone. When we call or go over to check her sugar she gets irritated! We are losing our minds and don't know what to do next :(