I haven’t posted for a while, because of the above title. My mom suffered from dementia until her death. Periodicaly I was her caretaker and experienced what I consider “Stranger Things”. These are two of the stranger things you should look out for:
- Hiding Things: One day, I was looking for a dress for my mother to wear. While in the closet, I stepped on something mushy. It was a bunch of bananas! When I asked why they were in the closet, she said that I told her to she keep them in a dark place so that they would stay fresh! I said to her “strange. I don’t remember saying that.”On another occasion, I found her face cream under the couch. When I asked her why she put the jar there, she said the man who came to wash her windows was using it.
- Hoarding: Some people with dementia exhibit hoarding. In my mother’s case, it was left over food. Often the food was spoiled, or not fit to eat. If I would try to clean out the refrigerator and throw the food away, she would become extremely agitated. Her reasoning was, she didn’t want to throw away food because if the food wasn’t there, she would starve. Even though, she was always well fed by me or other family members.
TIP: Try to be understanding of their need to exert some sort of control on their life and seek out security. You may have to take it upon themselves to quietly go through and dispose of hoarded items incrementally especially if this is may jeapordize their health. If the person hides or hoards things especially perishable goods, check hiding places regularly, and discreetly dispose of any perishable items.