Woman separated from mom with dementia fears time is running out

A woman from Dutchess County who is separated by hundreds of miles from her mother suffering with dementia says she is worried that their time together is running out.

News 12 Staff

Apr 9, 2020, 6:49 PM

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A woman from Dutchess County who is separated by hundreds of miles from her mother suffering with dementia says she is worried that their time together is running out.
Jenny Fox, from Poughkeepsie, would often visit her mother in St. Catharines in Ontario, Canada, to care for her, but the coronavirus has put that to a halt because of travel concerns between the countries.
"With us not having the ability to travel and see her, to provide that comfort and make those memories, which is so important for this disease ... It's been challenging,” she says.
In March, a temporary restriction was placed on all nonessential travel between the U.S. and Canada because of the coronavirus.
With federal guidelines constantly evolving, Fox, a Canadian citizen, fears that once she leaves the states, she won't get back in.
"I'm a permanent resident, I have a green card. The likelihood of that happening is very slim, however, there's always a chance," she says.
Fox believes the stressful climate around the virus has accelerated her mother's symptoms - as each day passes, she says her mother is forgetting more.
Since they can't be together in person, Fox relies on video and text messages to make sure her mother maintains a routine, something important to do for those suffering with dementia.
Fox is doing this while trying to provide a normal home life for her two kids.
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