Whilst everyone has different experiences during lockdown, our bubble has increased from six to eight as a change to last year. My parents have been living with us the last 4-5 months and as an elderly pair, we’ve had to make alterations with our schedules to ensure we’re accommodating their needs.
My father (79) is still mentally and physically active, grows tired easily, but maintains daily contact with everyone via telephone. Landline telephone 😁
My mother (71) is mid-way progressed with dementia, still has her wits about her (albeit for short moments) and is still physically strong despite her knees struggling to keep up. However, she is gradually providing challenges with her short retention of memory and her repetitive questions, resulting in a constant rotation of company to ‘share the load’.
Beyond the difficult moments, we as a family continue to learn:
– To be adaptable to living with a person with dementia.
– To grow our patience and not react with frustration.
– Alternating our routine to provide support.
– Strengthening each other through trying moments.