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20 Apr 2006

Aging parent
As a family we need some help. I am sure that we are not the only people to be going through this so any advice will be greatly appreciated. My Mom is 95. She has senile dementia. She is staying with my sister and over the weekend I really realised what a hard time my sister is having. Mom goes from the sweetest person into a shouting harrigan. She is always asking when is she going home and where is her mother. You tell her that she has been staying in the same house for 27 years and she accepts that but in the next minute the questions start again. Physically she is fine except very frail. During the morning it is not so bad but when it gets to late afternoon she gets very distressed. You can see in her eyes that she is really frightened. It must be frightening to not realise where you are. We were talking over the weekend about putting her in frail care but I know that that will be extremely hard for my sister. Is the other option to keep her sedated? Old age is not kind. Mom doesn't deserve this but neither does my sister. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Hallo Lee
It must be very draining for your sister. YES there are medications that she can take to keep her calm - best would be to see a neurologist or psychiatrist to prescribe this as some drugs can make them more disoriented and difficult to handle.
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