our family is doing the same, my mom just got divorced at 85, and moved from Arizona to north Carolina. she stayed with my sister for a couple of months and now my brother has her. shes very forgetful. not sure how my brother feels, but my mom is confused and just cracks me up when she calls me. the joy of getting old.
Mostly the forgetful seem protected against knowledge of their own forgetfulness. They forget that they forget. That makes it easier.
I would suggest that you start getting all her affairs in order now, while she's still able to participate in those discussions. It's easier than trying to figure everything out when she's no longer able to help.
She's been very businesslike in her keeping of records. Everything is in files.
So was my dad. It took months to go through the files and separate the wheat from the chaff.
If she's been keeping everything, whether it's in files or not, it will still be a job to get on top of everything. Thankfully my Dad kept a handy annual balance sheet and I helped him complete the last one so I know what's what, even so, sorting out his papers is taking some time. His mental capacity has slipped a lot this year. He declined noticeably after his 92nd birthday.
Also, if you haven't already done it, you need to get a Power of Attorney in place. We did this with Dad earlier this year and it's much easier if the person is still compos mentis when you do it. Solicitors charge quite a bit, but as long as you read everything carefully and fill out the forms accordingly, you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost. There is one for health and one for finance.
We're looking into these things.
The files go back a long way. I think it's safe to say the earlier ones are mostly junk.
Yep. I'm off to see a solicitor today to arrange my own.
My lucky, lucky siblings get to manage me when my brain fails...
Hubby's favourite old aunt finished up in a care home due to Alzheimer's and as you say, it isn't funny. :o(
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Once upon a time I was chaplain to a psycho-geriatric hospital.
I worked in psycho geriatric for a time myself. Not easy.
I'm sorry to hear this. It's not an easy situation.
One of the ladies that I do tech support is doing this. It is sometimes annoying for me, but for her, it must be terrifying.
I have Ailz. If I were doing it by myself I'd be going crazy.
NO, it's not funny at all. My own mother suffered a terrible stroke at age 55 and it was downhill mentally for her for the next 20 years. It broke my heart.
55 is terribly young
It's good that she occasionally recognizes the problem. I dealt with the paperwork issue with my mother by suggesting that we double-team things "so that I can keep things going if you're in the hospital."
She's happy enough to delegate. Ailz just organized cover for the boiler- at my mother's suggestion.
I confess I hope I approach my mother's coming years with as much compassion and calmness as you two do for your mothers.
But we're not that calm. :)