My mother is 76 years old and lives in senior housing and does fairly well on her own. She sometimes needs help in going to the store or doctor's appointments, etc. Her frequency in wanting my help is increasing and I can see she is deteriorating somewhat, which I know is to be expected as she ages. The change I have noticed the most is that she is becoming a sort of hypochondriac.
She complains of one ailment and is certain she has something serious that will require surgery and fixates on what she thinks is going to happen to her. She sees the doctor, has several tests run-only to find it is nothing of consequence. Then a week or so later she will come up with symptoms of another ailment and she starts the cycle all over again.
On things that have been found (for example she had hip pain that she was sure needed a replacement, but what was found was a bit of arthritis that the doctor said was not abnormal for her age) her doctor has suggested things like physical therapy, but she wants no part of suggestions such as these.
Has anyone experienced this with their aged parents or loved one? If so could you give me some advice on how you dealt with it? I do not want to discount her complaints but am getting confused as to what could or could not be something serious.