Lately my mother who has short term dementia has been unusually aware that her mind is not working right. She'll get frustrated and say, "I don't know what's wrong with me, my mind is all messed up this morning." "What's wrong with me?"
At first, I just said things like, "Don't worry, Momma, it's okay" but last time she said emphatically, "NO, it isn't okay!" And she's right. I've also tried explaining, "You have a condition called dementia and it keeps you from remembering things, but there's nothing we can do about it, so we'll just deal with it and work through it together." Although this works sometimes, she is still frustrated and, of course, she doesn't remember my explanation past the moment.
I'm wondering if anyone of you has had to answer this question and what response you gave that seemed to help calm their concerns.
Thank you for any ideas or advise.