Mom is 72 and Increasingly Grouchy and Sarcastic.

by Michelle
(Los Angeles County)

My dad struggles with her. My mom seems over-the-top irritated and short with us (immediate family). Hard to get her to laugh and be pleasant.

My dad walks in egg shells around her. We think she is loosing her hearing, but she will blow up if you ask her about her hearing.

Example is when you call her she looks up,at you annoyed like you were nagging her until she finally answered. We try to be pleasant around her, but it is a matter of time where you have to ask her something harmless like, "you want to make dinner now?" or "what would you like to eat" or something that she deems to irritate her and none of us know what that question might make her snap at you for.

It's random and has gotten more frequent. She is on a lot of heart medications and now has to do insulin. We don't know what is wrong. She is secretive about her doctor appointments unless they yield a positive report.

Lost and Concerned.

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by: Michelle

Hi Anonymous. Thank you for your comment! Yes, I can try asking her. Your advice and outlook is very positive. I think she won't admit to hearing loss, but my father has. I will show him your comment and see if he finds it best to approach her himself or he would need my help. Thanks!

by: Anonymous

I don't know why, but people fight this hearing thing. My mom did the same thing as yours and I think it's because they just don't want it to be happening. Life was easier when we finally talked her into getting a hearing aid.

Now she has no hearing and no hearing aids are strong enough so we have to communicate using a dry erase board.

Since she's hard to talk to about this have you thought about writing her a letter and explaining that you want her to still enjoy the world and only want her to be happy and would she consider please getting her hearing tested?

Many people find it embarrassing to wear hearing aids and maybe explain that some are so small now people don't even know you have them on.

It's a big deal to her or she wouldn't be acting with anger about this. Plus, she may be entering into or already have some dementia going on and that is frightening as well.

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