Hi everyone. I'm finding it quite difficult dealing with the aging process of my folks. They are both 78 this year and before retirement, they were science academics - meaning (in my opinion), they used their brains a lot. I really think that it is not fair that, people with sound brains have to go through sometimes embarrassing situations because of their forgetfulness as they age. Totally not on. Yes...I know I have to deal with it but it is really getting to me. Am I in denial or what? Interestingly, my Mom knows that she is forgetful and it annoys her a lot. She was recently diagnosed with very early stage of dementia and she is on medication. Am helping her a lot with brain exercises (puzzles, etc) and she reads a lot as well as take walks. But sometimes, she just wants to sit and do nothing, which is totally unusual. She has her good days and today, when I talked to her telephonically (we not in the same town) about something, she lost her temper for some unknown reason. I have been reading about dealing with dementia/alzheimers and this is one of the symptoms. This is tough. I just needed to jot down my thoughts....I guess the only way to deal with it.
My Dad, on the other hand, is very oblivious to anything. Just sits in his chair the whole day - watching the day go by, reading, watching tv....just parking. This was once someone who was up and about, doing this and that, but now? Total zilch!!!!! I guess I am experiencing, first hand, the woes of aging. Challenging to say the least.
Why are we not allowed to age gracefully?