She’s 70 years old. She is not one of my best friends. She does join in for lunch and shopping from time to time.
I have noticed her memory loss. She has dealt with major health issues, so I chalked up her forgetfulness as stress related.
She is experiencing higher anxiety than normal. She won’t take prescribed meds. She becomes easily frustrated.
I am not bothered if she doesn’t want to do something. She reads my behavior as “not caring.” I don’t react and it is driving her nuts!
She constantly tells me that her daughter becomes highly irritated by her behavior. I am sure that she stresses her daughter out.
After my caregiver days ended for my mom I decided that I would never put myself in an exhausting situation ever again.
Even if I did want to become more involved, I do not have enough experience with people with memory loss.
My mom is 95 and is still lucid. Daddy had no dementia, nor my grandparents.
My godmother was the only person that I knew with Alzheimer’s disease.
When my friend called this evening I told her to see her doctor because I am not qualified to make an assessment.
I will start talking about something and she says, “I can’t remember that incident. Please tell me again what happened.”
Fine, I don’t mind repeating something once or twice but I simply can’t repeat something a million times because of the frustration of repeating myself endlessly to my mom due to her being near deaf.
I realize that my friend is lonely due to Covid.
She wants me to spend a lot of time trying to jar her memory. I’m not going to do that.
When I told her to discuss it with her daughter she said that she did not want to upset her because her daughter recently lost her job.
Have any of you ever had a friend tell you that they are experiencing memory issues and how did you handle it?