I've been noticing that with BBB for about two years now and have been familiar with the term from reading up on dementia a few years ago.
In BBB's case, the sun starts setting earlier and earlier these days. In fact, I was thinking about writing a post to ask for some help.
BBB is very lonely, very frustrated with her failing communication skills and her physical disabilities that restrict her ability to get out of the house much. Her mind is still vibrant on good days, but those good days are becoming less frequent.
BBB is finding it increasingly difficult to read, to write, and to speak. She says she's able to rehearse her thoughts in her head without any problems but when it comes to communicating them verbally or written, she has a hard time doing it and gets very angry about not being able to do it. When reading, she has to sometimes spell the words she's reading to try and remember what they mean and often has trouble understanding what she is reading. She finds it harder to read her newspaper and she's been having difficulties even trying to find words to post on A2K and says she probably won't be able to do it much longer.
She says that watching 24/hour news programs on TV helps her keep in touch with words. The repetitive nature of it, along with the visual pictures, gives her ample time to eventually understand what is being said.
I think she needs to be around more people so she can practice her speech skills with them. Unfortunately, she has no interest in the activities at senior centers. I need some activity suggestions for someone who is mostly interested in political and social issues but has a difficult time expressing her strong opinions because she can't find her words or it takes so long for her to find them that people lose interest.
I also need some ideas for helping her with her reading and comprehension of what she's reading. I was thinking that something like books on tape would work if there was such a thing for newspapers.
I just need some ideas to try to get some happiness back in her life.