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Mothers decline

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SuperSic58 Wed 25-May-16 13:15:48

Hello everyone!

My first post here so apologies if this is in the wrong place.

So, my mum who is in her early 70's seems recently to have started struggling with short term memory and anxiety. Long story short my dad passed away a few years ago, and she seems to be coping less and less on a daily basis. We took her away recently with family friends and it became obvious that mentally she isn't totally there with us, she spent the week reciting the same story over and over to us and joining in on conversation only to reference something that was utterly not related to subject matter.
She claims to have a busy social life to me but I have reason for concern on how true this is. I also don't think she's eating properly. She's taking medication for anxiety now and part of me is wondering either his has contributed to her cognition problems.

I'm really not too sure what I should do, I believe I can arrange a geriatric assessment for her but don't really know what that entails.

Has anyone else been in a similar situation that can provide advice? Or anyone really!

Thanks!

SuperSic58 Wed 25-May-16 14:58:50

Just to add, I'm not the only person who has noticed this, some of her friends and family have mentioned this to me as they're concerned it maybe something that needs looking at.

hoochymama1 Wed 25-May-16 15:37:25

hi there supersic,
Not sure if you are in the right place...but my advice to you would be to make a GP appointment and to go with your mum, if she is ok with this. They may be able to refer on to memory clinic, or to any drugs that may help your mum. Dementia is really hard to diagnose, but early help with memory support and medication can really make a difference. Hope this helps, all the best to you and your mum flowers

NanaNina Wed 25-May-16 20:14:07

Hello hoochymama haven't seen you for ages! Sorry OP not trying to de rail the thread - I agree with hoochy - it does sound like your mom is starting to suffer from dementia and whilst there is no cure, there is I think certain drugs that can prevent it getting worse. Not sure if you live near but you might need to help your mom sort out some care/support.

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