Feb 23, 2015 - 09:25 AM
Aug 22, 2015 - 10:26 PM
As for the 'behaviors' what you are describing is very typical of dementia. Printing her out a calendar near her clock might be helpful but that may lead to more of 'what day is it'? 'what time is it?' Etc. Re-direction is key. If you know it is her calling and it's near an appointment or visiting time, etc maybe don't answer the phone so as not to frustrate yourself. Another thing I have had help families, if she can remember this part, is a family members calls everyday at the same time (mid-morning is often a good time of day) to 'visit', go over the days events, etc. Then encourage her to get out to an activity in the community, this will provide a distraction as well as mental stimulation.
This blog post here: http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/3-4-14-anosognosia-and-alzheimers/ has some great insight on how to cope (as a caregiver) and work alongside someone with dementia.
Asking for help and guidance is a great first step!