Although we have not had my mom tested, she definitely has either dementia or Alzheimer and I do not think that it is only in the "mild" or "medium" state. She is almost 83.
She is in perfect health as far as blood pressure, heart conditions etc. concern. She can not walk due to rheumatism in her hips and basically all her joints. Though she sometime will say that she has pain, she mostly refuses to take ANY meds, not even a pain killer. Very seldom she will allow us to "bully" her into taking a pain killer - we will "soft soap" her and tell her that she will feel better and that there is really no need to be in pain, etc. But mostly, she does not like any meds.
Never had a UTI in her life, even though she is in a wheelchair now for about 9 months.
So her condition cannot in any way be contributed to any meds.
She will not even remember her surname at times, can not sign her signature any more, does not now what to do with the face cloth when you hand it to her to wash herself. And when she got the face cloth in her hand and you tell her to wash, she does not know where to start or what to wash. She does not know how many children she had given birth to, cannot name them. She sometimes are not even sure if I am her child.
She dwells in her childhood days all the time - will constantly tell stories from her childhood days. For most people she seems fine - there is nothing wrong with her. You have to be in her presence for a period to release that she is not "all there". She will comment on a conversation on cell phones for instance - my mother said that cell phones ......... (Cell phones did not exist in those years!) Her comments mostly starts with my mother said or my father said.
But what really baffles me is that both my mom and dad will play Rummy cub all day long! How is it possible that she can play Rummy cub but does not even remember her surname? When playing Rummy cub, she would place her pieces on the table or re-arrange some pieces that is on the table, and iif the move she was trying to accomplish, does not work, she does not know where she has found all the pieces.
She will really win my dad sometimes - how does it works? Is it because Rummy cub requires the "now" side of her brain? My dad thinks there is nothing wrong with her, she does not have dementia or Alzheimer. Just yesterday he said to visitors - nothing wrong with her brain or memory! He too has some form of dementia or Alzheimer but tries to proof all wrong. He keeps on commenting all stupid things in a conversation - he he MUST be the first one to comment to PROOF that he knows what they are talking about but sadly has missed the point completely. His memory is better than her in some areas but also very bad mostly. We are constantly looking for his phone, his hat and what ever.
In my valley, we do not have all the facilities as I can see most of the posters have in their countries. To have then tested, I will have to tell them that I think we must have them tested - they will NOT go because they are OK, nothing wrong with them! I took my mom to the doctor to test for a UTI (she was clear) and mentioned that I think she has Alzheimer or dementia. He asked her a couple of questions (Birth date, what yer is it now, your full names, where are you staying, how old are you now, etc and she could not answer any. She told his that she is still doing all her own house hold chores and as a matter she has washed all their clothes this morning! He then asked her to get up from her wheelchair - which off cause she could not do - so he said - your are right, definitely Alzheimer, which had upset my dad so much that we had to change his doctor, he refused to see this doctor again!)
Is it possible that dementia / Alzheimer's divides the brain in two parts, a healthy part and the sick part and that they can switch" between the two parts as they wish?