Parents with Dementia
I would like to hear if anyone on this board has a parent who suffers from dementia. My father suffered his third stroke about six weeks ago. Whereas his first two strokes permanently limited his mobility and strength, they left his mind largely intact, this third stroke has stripped him of language and much of his reasoning power. His brain is damaged to the point of dementia now. In many ways, I have lost the man I knew. The life he's living now is horrific...I can't imagine what his subjective experience is like. I'm experiencing grief, but it's complicated by the fact that he's stuck in this miserable half-life. Any suggestions on how to emotionally survive this would be greatly appreciated, because I'm feeling rather overwhelmed by the horror and pity of it all.