I’ve often been asked how Mom is progressing, and mostly I reply that she is well and sometimes I even venture to say she seems to be improving.
She seems more alert and is able to follow what is going on around her. She looks forward to the weekly sessions at the dementia daycare centre and on those days she comes back physically tired out but mentally prepped up. I guess the activity and affirmation she gets at the centre stimulates her and gives her confidence.
On the other hand, I notice her memory of past events can be unreliable. She remembers only three brothers, and details of one of the brother’s daughters are mixed up with another of my uncle’s daughters. Talking to her I imagine in her mind one face melding into another, the history of one person meshing with the history of another. In this sense, Mom is not typical of those patients with Alzheimer’s who are described as remembering distant events with accuracy and clarity; Mom cannot remember distant events clearly.
Mom does not seem too bothered by this loss. She is completely focused on the present, concentrating on what happens today and maybe paying a little attention to tomorrow’s plans.
Mom can still read the clock. However, she cannot understand “in five minutes time”. She does understand “now”, “later” and “at 1pm”.