........"Isn't it weird how OUR concerns often are so far off target?"......
Exactly Rox!! And why we need to just go with the flow and deal with situations as they arise rather than worry ourselves into an emotional coma. It so rarily turns out how we expect it to in this disease
I think you are right about your Mom. She very well could be having trouble keeping up with conversation in the AL but very capable of dealing with the dementia unit. I have seen this phenomenon many times... including my Dad. He stayed in his room in AL and was constantly lost. But in the smaller unit he had less to deal with and help when needed... and he became the designated bingo caller which made him happy. Not every one does this but it's not uncommon either
For whatever reason.. I am just happy your Mom is doing well which takes stress off of you for while!!
Gives new meaning to the old saying... "When Mom is happy, everybody is happy!"