I have been reading various messages and found it very comforting that people share their stories and help others cope.
My mother is 77 and was diagnosed with Alzheimers about 4 years ago. Her progression through the stages has been, in my opinion, quite fast and she displayed symptoms of a late stage. She recently had a fall and hit her head. Immediately after the fall, whilst in hospital, she was speaking. After four days, she started speaking much more, showing that she recognised her children. After a few more days, she stopped speaking altogether and just stares into the distance.
I am worried that this fall may have caused permanent damage and wonder if my Mum will come back to us? When I feed her, I sit her up and as the food approaches her mouth, she opens her mouth and eats and drinks so she obviously understands that she's being fed. I don't know though what else she comprehends.
Is there a possibility that as she heals from this fall, that she will become more of the person she was before the fall?
An additional question, as I do not know of anyone else who has suffered with this disease in my family, how do I know if I am likely to suffer from it in the future and is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening?
I would appreciate any replies on either point.
Many thanks & best wishes.