My husband was diagnosed with Multifarct Dementia (or Vascular Dementia) years ago. We have travelled many roads with detours and road blocks and intersections along the journey that we never thought we would have to travel.
As our journey continues, and fearing his condition worsening, there are additional concerns and information that need to be addressed. I can't seem to bring myself to start the research that I need to help us along the continuing journey; but as I do gather the facts, I'll also to continue blogging the journey.
So my thoughts at this point are: Is he really that tired? Or, is he depressed?
Taking naps in the middle of the day. Awake early, like 5:00 or 6:00 am; then going back to bed around 10:00 am (after taking a couple of walks "to the foot of the road").
Laying down once I leave for my day's activities.
Even laying down more than once during the day...
Is he exhibiting symptoms of Depression?
Or is he really that tired?
He looks tired - he is (only) 76 years old; and that is really not that old! But he looks old.
He walks a lot during the day - I'd say at least 10 times from our apartment to the edge of the main road. He checks the mail; takes out the trash; walks and walks and walks - and talks to everyone he can while walking.
I know, the walking in itself is not a bad thing; the talking with those he meets on his walks is also not a bad thing. But, that many times? It seem excessive to me!
And, he seems to be eating all the time; not a three-meals per day sort of eating...more like a six "meals" and a snack at night!
But, what concerns me is the lack of purpose; the lack of a hobby - no real "purpose" or "use" for his life.
Besides the walking and the few household chores, the only other thing he does is attend church. He is able to drive himself (to his church; then to our daughter's church), but doesn't really get involved with any of the activities. And I am not really sure how much he really "gets" about the Christian life - but he loves to meet and greet as he hands out the bulletin each Sunday - actually leaving once everyone has been seated!
And, he is always counting the cards he has in an index file of his high school classmates. He always talks about "finding the Dupont seniors"... Every time he comes back from walking, he takes the files and starts counting - some how he is connecting his walking with these cards, and "finding" his classmates. Don't ask me! I don't see the connection!!
This may not seem very excessive or weird or concerning to anyone not living in the midst of it. But, for me, I am here day in and day out, and it is concerning!
So, this is the reason I feel there may be a bit of depression. Next step for me now: research depression and symptoms that may be exhibited; and talk with his doctor...
Maybe I am just "seeing" things that are not there; I know sometimes it is hard to explain exactly what I am trying to say...
Perhaps it is nothing to worry about...
But, if it is, then I want to know so we can deal with it!