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Ah yeah... Vascular Dementia. They are absolutely right about that. They do retain more than those with Alzheimer's. Sometimes only certain parts of the brain are affected. Dad had great insight and could figure out things... his short term memory was just gone.

I love her comment about you forgetting. That is priceless!! I would forget more. When she ask if you brought it claim forgetfulness. Assure her that you know it bothers her and it bothers you as well. Then promise to do better than next time... and the next time... and the next time! Take in a few things and bring out a few. Truly the excessive clutter is worse than not having a few things she might think she needs in quantity. Excess is so difficult for them to keep up with. Lock up the hiding places and leave her with a few tubs that she can handle.

You are probably dealing with obsessive behavior rather than her truly remembering. Some become "locked in" on something and no matter how much there is, it is never enough. It can be an item or an action. Mom did this with pine straw in her flower beds. I don't even want to remember how many bales of straw were purchased and how long she sat in the flower beds picking out leaves and putting down straw one handful at a time. It was measured in months! It didn't matter if it was 40 or 104 outside. When she was not working in the straw she was washing windows. There were weeks she washed all 24 windows in her house inside and out twice a week!!! If a little water was splashed on the inside of the kitchen window... all 24 windows had to be washed. Her hording was graham cracker pie crust and instant pudding. She has been in a facility now for 4.5 years and I only brought home about half of her stock.... and I have yet to buy any of either. I had more graham cracker pie crust than our local grocery store! You have to laugh :)

To this day she will pick up things she likes and haul them around. There is a black and white pig door stop she loves to carry around... and a brass rabbit. Stack of books, baby clothes, wash clothes swiped from the kitchen and last night even a broom! She can no longer ask for stamps (at one point she has several 100 stamp rolls, stationary which she never wrote on, and other things... she just picks up what she can find to haul around like the person that raided her bin.'

One thing you can say.... this disease is NEVER boring :) And off I go

Love, deb
Yes, she does obsess too and also has perservative behavior. One of her latest is counting, she is trying to count all the windows, all the doors, on her floor. She tries so hard to be productive.

I am going today while she is at lunch to start to offload some of her stash!!!

At least I have no brass rabbits to worry about!!!

Thanks!!

[QUOTE=Gabriel;4964929]Ah yeah... Vascular Dementia. They are absolutely right about that. They do retain more than those with Alzheimer's. Sometimes only certain parts of the brain are affected. Dad had great insight and could figure out things... his short term memory was just gone.

I love her comment about you forgetting. That is priceless!! I would forget more. When she ask if you brought it claim forgetfulness. Assure her that you know it bothers her and it bothers you as well. Then promise to do better than next time... and the next time... and the next time! Take in a few things and bring out a few. Truly the excessive clutter is worse than not having a few things she might think she needs in quantity. Excess is so difficult for them to keep up with. Lock up the hiding places and leave her with a few tubs that she can handle.

You are probably dealing with obsessive behavior rather than her truly remembering. Some become "locked in" on something and no matter how much there is, it is never enough. It can be an item or an action. Mom did this with pine straw in her flower beds. I don't even want to remember how many bales of straw were purchased and how long she sat in the flower beds picking out leaves and putting down straw one handful at a time. It was measured in months! It didn't matter if it was 40 or 104 outside. When she was not working in the straw she was washing windows. There were weeks she washed all 24 windows in her house inside and out twice a week!!! If a little water was splashed on the inside of the kitchen window... all 24 windows had to be washed. Her hording was graham cracker pie crust and instant pudding. She has been in a facility now for 4.5 years and I only brought home about half of her stock.... and I have yet to buy any of either. I had more graham cracker pie crust than our local grocery store! You have to laugh :)

To this day she will pick up things she likes and haul them around. There is a black and white pig door stop she loves to carry around... and a brass rabbit. Stack of books, baby clothes, wash clothes swiped from the kitchen and last night even a broom! She can no longer ask for stamps (at one point she has several 100 stamp rolls, stationary which she never wrote on, and other things... she just picks up what she can find to haul around like the person that raided her bin.'

One thing you can say.... this disease is NEVER boring :) And off I go

Love, deb[/QUOTE]





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