We've suspected for a while that my MIL has some form of dementia but haven't managed to convice her to go to the doctor.
Since she's been in isolation the problem has got worse - most likely due to the stress of the situation. She calls us up to 20 times within an hour to ask us the same questions, is obssessed with making sure we know when to pick up her medicine (we've assured her we know) and forgets how long she has been in the house as well as why she has to stay indoors.
I do feel she might be lonely and a that might be a bit behind the phone calls but she is never really interested in having a social chat if you know what I mean. We went round to her house the other day and spoke to her from a distance and she just seemed to want to rush us away.
We're convinced she needs to see a doctor and will work on making that happen once we're out of lockdown but is there anything that we could/should be doing for her now?
We're not in a position to let her move in with us because I work in a school one day a week and my husband is out working with the homeless - it just wouldn't be safe.
I'm doing her shopping and am satisfied she's doing OK physically, it's just the memory problems. She complains of migraines but we think that's down to macular degeneration in her eyes and watching TV. We also think she uses the word migraine to describe a headache - natively she's Portugeuse so probably a language issue. I just worry that by leaving it for the time being she could be missing out on treatment - I'm not sure what help is out there.