Taking Care of Elderly Parent

  • I encourage Mom who is 92 to make phone calls. She calls her sisters, my brothers, and a very good friend who lives alone and is 95. She also calls the neighbor across the street. I had to get a phone that requires a button to call each person. She and I don’t talk on the phone long.
  • When I am away from her she can have a good conversation on the phone with me. The phone is next to her ear and she can hear me. She has lost some hearing in her left ear but places the phone on that ear for phone calls. I have the same question and asked her why it was easier for her to talk to them. No answer.
  • Family doesn’t know she has dementia and lost her hearing. It may be her hearing and dementia both playing a role in our person to person conversations. I call her for important reminders and also place dry erase post-it sheets. Her attention span is also shorter. Brothers were surprised when I told them. Another thing I noticed, Mom doesn’t remember the calls and what was said most of the time. I like to listen because she reveals so much more about herself. My Dad was recently diagnosed with dementia in September. The same thing was happening to him but I believe his was more advanced than Mom’s.



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Anita Henson aka Winnie. A retired teacher, and caregiver for my loving parents, wife, and mother. Married to Greg "Tex" Henson.
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