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    Default I have a feeling my mum may have dementia

    Over the past year I have noticed my mum forgetting everything! She is 63. Smoked her entire life (I don't know if that has anything to do with anything).
    She lives alone, 4 hours away. I just got off the phone to her and in this conversation she called my husband's mother another name on 4 separate occasions. She claims she didn't know that my eldest son won't be with us for xmas (She has known for months that he wouldn't be here with us) and she asked me what days I am working this week. (My work days have never changed). Its just really strange and making me think twice about her health. If I bring anything up to her about that topic she will tell me I am the one that hadn't told her initially and shift blame etc......

    Are these early signs of dementia or simply her forgetting?

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    Hi I'm an RN

    Ask her a few questions when your with her next.

    Don't ask a series of them like what we would do in hospital otherwise she might get upset.

    Stay with her for the day. Shoot some questions out of the blue.

    1) ask her who the prime minister of Australia is? Or ask her is she happy with who is prime minister and you conveniently forget his name. What was his name mum oh it's on the tip of my tongue.

    Ask her what year it is? Ask her what her plans are for the new year. Try to ask some questions pertaining to which year it is.

    Take someone with you and ask her to play an innocent game.

    All join in!!!!

    Get three objects, as you hold them up name them. Put them away. In 1 min ask her to recall the objects.

    Write on a blank paper

    Please follow these instructions write your name, fold the paper in half and place it on the table.

    Try these first

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    Also might be worth checking that she doesn't have a UTI.

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    Is it possible she may have had a mini stroke and not realised ? Maybe it is time for a visit ? Can you get someone to check on her ?

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    Does she still work? Under a lot of stress?

    My mum started forgetting things at that age and when I mentioned it to her she had already spoken to her GP. Her mum had dimentia so mum wasnt taking the forgetfulness/jumbling up memories lightly. The GP had said, due to the sorts of things she was forgetting, it was most likely due to being stressed and tired.

    She found the last few years of full time work before she retired really hard as she aged. She's retired now and back to 'normal'.

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    I'm so sorry to read this. Your mum sounds exactly like my dad. All the suggestions are great to do.

    No advice to offer just sending you hugs as I've been through it with my mother in law and now my dad..

    Hopefully though she just was having an off day

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    @kateerin how did it go?


 

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