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My name is Judy and I am new. I have read all the posts here, and there is some very good advice given. I am probably in the wrong place, but out of desperation and having caregiver burnout, I will give this one last try.
I have been taking care of my 87 year old mother for two years now, alone with no help from family. She has dementia, but above that she has had mental issues all her life. As the dementia progresses, so do the mental issues. She is violent and cruel. She has run all other family members off. I guess what I am asking is could there possibly be a support group dealing with dementia patients with mental issues? I have exhausted any and all resources in my area. No one knows what to tell me or how to deal with my mother. My depression is now off the charts, but still I cannot leave my mother alone. It would be like leaving a small child alone to fend for herself. Placing her in a home is not an option. I think if maybe I just had someone to talk to once in awhile it would be helpful. But this must be online, as I cannot leave my mother alone. Friends don't understand and just tell me to leave. On the outer surface, my mother appears to be normal mentally, other than her rudeness. Things that go on behind closed doors is a different story. I no longer have a clue what to do, and I am worried now about my own health as well as hers. Any suggestions would be dearly appreciated. Thank you.