When we returned home, I took a moment to do a search on books for Alzheimer's. These titles came up and, selfishly, I clicked on the last one. Worried more about preventing my own possible future with Dementia related illness than helping my mother and father to deal with a possible end of life struggle, I began to read. Learning to Speak Alzheimer's Alzheimer's Disease 300 Tips The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer’s disease, Other Dementias and Memory Loss Alzheimer's Early Stages 100 Simple Things you can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's
She was always so hungry. My Dad would often drop by with mom around four in the afternoon, and she would eat whatever was in front of her. Dad would look sheepish when asked when she had eaten last about her last. "She had a big breakfast," he woudl say. Although he did everything he could for her, he was incapable of maintaining a regular schedule, which is essential for one with dementia.
June 2015: She holds random objects. She is always searching for something. She walks into a room and opens drawers and lifts papers and holds items close to her face, inspecting them, searching. It seems she must hold on to some tangible object to keep her grounded in this world; otherwise she might float away.