My Grandma Sanner forgot who we were, she knew the name Marilyn (my mom) but that was about it. I’m not sure if she knew who I was. When I had my daughter she would get excited to see her, but she never said her name. She just referred to her as baby. My siblings and I were very close with her growing up. We spent so much time with her. During the last 2 years I am not even sure she knew who we were. She never addressed us by our names anymore. She passed away when she was 78 years old.
My Grandma Conoboy lived with Dementia for about 10 years, as far as I know there was never an official diagnosis or test done to see if she actually had Alzheimer’s Disease, but she had all of the symptoms. I believe my Grandfather had made the decision not to have her tested, I could be wrong. She lived in another state from me at that time. .
When I would visit with her she had absolutely no idea who I was, even though I was her 2nd oldest grandchild and we saw her pretty often throughout my childhood. There was a picture that she had on her table of a little boy, I had never seen that picture before and asked her who it was. Her response was “That was my son, Allan, you would not know him because he had died” Thaf brought myself and my sister to tears. Allan was our dad & he had passed away the year prior. She had no idea that we were his daughters. She started telling me stories that I had never heard before. A story about her mother’s clock & barn dances that she would go to when she lived on a farm as a young girl. There were times that she must have thought that she was still a young girl. Once she told me that her brother was going to take her to the barn dance to see Laurence Welk. At some point in her life that must have happened. She looked at her aging hands and asked me why her hands looked like that. I’m sure that was puzzling & maybe a little frightening to her if she thought she was still a young girl. She asked me more than once how she met me & how long she had known me. She told me that she built the deck on her new house, my grandfather would argue with her and tell her she did not build the deck, but she was adamant that she built it. I also don’t know if she remembered my grandfather’s name. I only heard her refer to him as “himself”. She lived for about another 6 years and her mind & body continued to deteriorate. It’s hard to understand what she had been thinking. At times she seemed happy, but for the most part she was confused. Which is probably a pretty frightening feeling. I’ve already started forgetting many things myself and have met with a neurologist to start baseline testing.
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