My mom is 79. I have noticed memory loss, repetitive speech, losing items and angry outbursts for the past several years. Her husband has spoken with me several times about her behaviors. Everyone he mentions dementia screening, she becomes explosive. He managed to get her to primary physician for an assessment under the guise of a medical issue. She blew off the mini-cog and then became enraged at the doctor (according to husband).
I speak with her by phone almost each morning. I live 3 hours away. Today we were having a normal conversation... then she seemed to think I was someone else... and started talking about me to “the other person.” No one was in the room with her. Being startled... I said, “I’m Sunny... I’m married to Alex...” She seemed to catch herself and attempted to laugh it off (her usual defense mechanism when she can’t find something or remember something). I think she realized I noticed this alarming part of the conversation. Later, she called back... saying, “This is your mother...Sunny’s mother.... I’m not crazy...”
Please send me your thoughts on this. She truly thought she was talking to someone else. It was like a light switch went off and I was someone else in the middle of the conversation.