Thank you all!!
Can't think where my other response went.
I understand about the "zombie" part. I also don't want what has always made Mom unique (on SOOO many levels) to be squashed. Since she is too far gone into the "sundowner's" and the aggession to try a non-pharmeceutical approach, we have determined that for now we will try using Zolaft daily and Ativan as needed. Not happy about it, but really had no choice but to proceed with pharmeceutical intervention.
They also mentioned taking her off her Aricpet and Namenda because "it reaches the point where it doesn't work any more." This I know also, but who or what determines when it's "not working anymore??" Mom is still thrilled by the beauty of things around her, still loves to shop, still loves a good cup of tea, and a good meal eaten with her family. Sounds to me like she isn't past the point of the meds working. I am also taking her for a psych evaluation with a psychiatrist.
Any ideas, input or suggestions on the Aricept/Namenda
Thanking you all, I remain