Mum is getting worse at following instructions. “Brush your teeth, then put your shoes on” can lead to total confusion, whereas “brush your teeth” can work! I have realised that I have to unlearn the normal way of passing on information. Most people can take on board several pieces of information one after the other and it seems natural to talk this way…….but not to people with dementia. Keep it simple and straightforward and there’s an outside chance she’ll understand.
Blurring real life with TV life is also getting worse. We had a long conversation during Emmerdale this evening about the fact that the people in the village couldn’t see us and were just acting in front of cameras. She looked puzzled for a while and then said “But I just can’t see why anyone would want to do that.” Good point!
We had several similar conversations during the next hour and in the end she said “I hear what you’re saying but I just can’t accept it. How do you know you’re right?” Another good point! As my daughter has said to me many times, she thinks Gran may have insider information and actually be totally on the ball. It’s the rest of us who are deluded. Hmmmmm……….