Our expert says:
I'm not sure, Leigh --- I see no sign of any Golden Years approaching me ! Nor am I convinced that I've somehow had them already ! Actually, I do understand your situation, as I too am looking after an elderly and dementing mom, and it can be intolerably demanding. The variations in demands are astounding, aren't they ? Like the need to persuade her that her bed is indeed her bed, and that this house IS home, and that home isn't some mysterious other place she eneds to go to. Sometimes meds like Risperdal may help, at least for a time, but nothing is relaibly helpful. And one does, I know, need periods of respite, to just look after yourself ratehr than always be on the go caring for someone who only intermittently remembers part of the enormous burden they are.
This is indeed another area in which a support group and support system is sorely needed
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