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Mom wonders away at 88 yrs old.

Updated on February 13, 2008

Dementia

Mom is now 88 and her dementia has become so bad that it is now un-safe living in an Assisted Living Facility.

Aricept is the medication she is on and it peaks then drops low and there is nothing they can give her now.

On Christmas Day she wondered away from her facility and got lost, on a very cold and wintery day. The local police found her and took her to the station and she knew her name and S.S. # and birthday and even gave them an address (from where she had lived 4 yrs prior). So they took her there to find out that the family living there had bought the house from her 4yrs. ago. So the policeman took her back to the station.

The wifes of the officers had brought in food for them and so Mom enjoyed pie (her favorite) and coffee and had quite a good time chatting, while they searched for where she belonged. They located it and took her back. Thank God we have such attentive policemen here.

From this I learned about a program they have called Project Lifesaver. It is a bracelet that you wear on your wrist or ankle that has your pertinent information in and is water proof and you cannot remove it. Well should not...cause then it costs 300.00 to replace. First time cost is 50.00.

The battery has to be checked dailey and once a month the police come and change the battery.

She has wondered off 2 times since the first time, so today I took her in and we had the bracelet put on her ankle (she didn't want it to show). Now if she should wonder away they can track her quickly...anywhere...anytime....I just am so relieved to know this and wanted to pass it on.

Also am going through the search for a place to move her where she is safer. That is another story. G-Ma :o)

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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      VioletSun..am sorry to hear of your sufferings..it seems to be the way a lot of our elderly are dying these days.  I must say that where I have placed her is a wonderful clean facility with only 30 residents and the food is healthy and the caregivers are beyond belief. Especially compared to the place I moved her from.That was Assisted Living but what a poorly run place..It was nicely decorated and had real nice old furniture(probably left from residents who either died or left the place) but the  help was very un-dignified and they had 4 different directors in less then one year.

      Oh dear I don't mean to be sounding angry...but it does upset me with the prices they charge and the hype you get when applying...Oh well life goes on and I did what I could to try to change things...

      God Bless you for your words of encouragement..my mom is a lively old gal at this point...but her mind is about gone.  We go to church every Sunday and she never forgets that day. And I am thankful for that.  Didn't mean to ramble on so.but our hubbers always make me feel better..and I Thank You All for that  G-Ma :o) hugs

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      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      G-ma: My mom had senile dementia as well and passed away at age 89. We had to check her into a facility where she was cared for, and that broke my heart, more so than her passing which I accepted with peace. She lasted no more than two years in the nursing home. It IS very difficult to see a loved one's mind and ability to even speak decline.  You are a good soul, may God bless you!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      It is hard bitv and am glad for the fact that my dad has profided well for her care. and if it takes every dime she will be comfortable and well cared for. ( I have sibblings waiting for their ? what can I say share of what's left ) My main concern being her.

      At times I do get frustrated...she calls me her sister and wonders where her daughters are..But I totally understand and God is my guide through this. I love her dearly.

      thank You for your kind words. G-Ma :o) hugs

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      bitv 

      10 years ago

      My grandmother as well suffered dementia and sever Alzheimer's in the last despairing year of her life.To have to endure such a circumstance..hard to remember..but your encouragement and strength,is what this hybrid encased world and society needs..endearing..as such truly endearing.Lord bless you both..your a beautiful daughter and precious soul.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well Thank You my dear. There's no one like a Mother. Happy Valentine's day G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Abhinaya 

      10 years ago

      Nice to see you caring for your mother G-Ma inspite of your just recovering from your illness.I wish all daughters were as affectionate as you.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      oh dear..been missing you Kenny..just busy with moving mom and Thank You for your concern..been reading your hubs just to far above this simple lady here for any comment . Hugs and kisses G-Ma :o)

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      You are a good daughter, and a good friend to her, G-Ma.

      Bless you and hope you have a great Valentine's day.

      Hugs and kisses,

      Kenny

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh Bless you both Riggy and Charlene  and thank you for your prayers.  Though it is difficult I know God is with me and directing me....She is a very sweet lady and does know sometimes what is going on..She will be safe in this new place.  God Love You.   G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Charlene 

      10 years ago

      HI MERLE: I`m really sorry about your mom, i promise to pray for her so she`ll get better, i`veheard about that breacelets, my sisterin law``s mother had it, she was alzheimer, and run away many time such a big problem for the fanily i know how you`re fealing, i feal sorry for you and am glad that you have good policeman squad there i`m sure it`s frustrating for her being like this some times she must realise things are not going right for her and she do apreciates i`m sure what you `re doing for her, she must realise she cause problems which does not help her sickness i`m sure,:your mom will be in my prayors,I sware, your Canadian Friend,Charlenei`ll pray fot you too, so that God gives you the srtrenghts to go through it TAKE CARE DON`T GIVE UP she `ll nead you

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      Riggy 

      10 years ago

      I am very sorry to her about your mom. I know how very hard that is to deal with. My husband and I recently moved his mom into a facility where she is getting 7/24 care due to her dementia. Hang in there....

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