My 93 year old mother has been diagnosed with De mentia but she is so forgetful that I wonder if she could also have Alzheimer? She cannot remember anything current but can go back to her past as a child. She has been staying with my brother for 3 months and still forgets she is living with him and wants to go back home. She is not longer in a position to take care of herself.
Also, is excessive sleeping a part of either of these illnesses? She sleep all day and stays awake part of the night but she sometimes does not get up until the afternoon and she is always wanting to take a nap. She has lost her desire to get out at all and stays in her pajamas most of the time. She rarely gets dressed and does not even want to get out to get her hair done which was always a fun time for her. Now she just wants to stay in all the time and we cannot get her up to eat a lot of the time. She just wants to sleep. But, she is fidgety during the night.
She went out the back door last week when my brother was not at home and went to the neighbors and said she was locked out. They called my brother and he told them where the sparryinge key was to let her back in. But, the worst part was she went out the back door that was unlocked but then forget about it and was trying to get in the front door that was locked. She did not remember going out the back door at all.
I would appreciate any information on the difference between these two illnesses and any comments on how to handle her wandering.