My mom just turned 79 in August and she seems a lot younger than most of the residents of her memory care. The caregiver at the facility even said she is "young" when she heard how old my mom was. From looking at the 48 residents, it looks like there are only 2 other ladies who are younger than my mom, and the rest are older. Is 79 considered young to be in memory care? Mom can talk and knows me. She had moderate severe dementia in 2017 and has continued to progress, but just moved into memory care this year. I don't feel like this is a young age, but I feel strange when they have the family get togethers. I see the other families with their family members who are many years older, like they might be wondering, why is your mom here? I feel sad and out of place because I'm a lot younger than a lot of the adult children, and think why did this happen to mom at this age?
And, is it normal for memory care facilities to not take residents on outings and exercise/walk? When I'm not around, all mom does is sit around doing the community activities (mind games, movies, etc), and her health is deteriorating quicker. Even though I'm only 47, it makes me want to start shopping for my own place for memory care so my family knows where I want to be. I wish my mom could have shown me where she wanted to be, but does it really matter now? I feel like there aren't many choices for memory care, as they all offer similar things and have the residents stay put. And, this place is one of the better ones out there.