I know the best person to ask is a doctor or medical professional, but just wanted to ask on here to see what people think as many of you will have experience of dementia.
DF is 85 and lives with my mum (who is more able than him in many ways, mobility, etc). I've posted about this before as there is a long history of denial. I am working on getting him to see his gp.
I really don't know what to think as in some ways there are a few 'red flags' for dementia, however he has been having these confusions for about 4 years now, and aside from becoming ever so slightly more regular recently, they aren't dramatically worse which makes me question it. Henalso has an underacrive thyroid which I know the forgetfulness can be mistaken for dementia sometimes.
Can anyone give me their opinion.... (I will speak to his gp myself butnfor now, I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts).
Reasons I think he could have dementia:
- Confusing memories with me as a baby with memories with my son who is now 10.
- He thought it was Christmas Eve on 18th December.
- He used to be able to operate a mobile phone and tv recorder, can no longer do this.
- He thought it was October in middle of March last year (he did this 4 years agontoo).
- Regularly gets what day it is confused (he is quite inactive with not much routine so this one could be because of that).
- He told me he hadn't seen an episode of a programme a week before which we'd had a full conversation about.
- On New Years Day he forgot that DH had been with them on Christmas Day.
- At Christmas, he gave my mum a card saying Thinking of You card not a Christmas card.
Reasons why I question it:
- He can talk about factual things 100% accurately.
- He never forgets what's currently in the news, and can have full and detailed discussions about it.
- He remembers his old friend's offspring's names accurately.
- General info, very accurate about in conversations.
- His confusions tend to only happem when in the house and sitting in his chair all day not doing anything. When outside (eg: out for a meal for someone's birthday) he is totally fine.
Thanks in advance.