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My mom really showed dementia when my dad had a heart attack July 2015. Neurologist did scans and said she had lost brain cells at a rate equal to her age. We have been down a rocky road. I have care in the home mainly in the day and weekends. I stay weeknights 5-8pm mainly. Mom has REALLY progressed in a worse manner. In the last month she has fell about 5 times due to balance. Mom mumbles more than speaks, eats differently by often sucking on her food. She has begun occasionally getting up at night too. I am perplexed. Her mumbling truly gets on my dads nerves. Has anyone seen progression this fast?

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Thank u for the answer. I plan to take her to the doctor. Once again I truly appreciate your input. I am really all they have. My dad is leaving everything up to me. I have cried a good bit. My mom is changing so heartbreakingly fast.
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Jack, if in any of your mother's falls she had hit her head, that will speed up dementia if there is a brain bleed.

My Mom went from being fairly sharp for someone of 98 to late stage dementia within a couple of weeks due to fall that caused major head trauma. Scans showed a current brain bleed and also a brain bleed that was healing, a fall with hitting her head earlier on.... which I didn't know about.

Stress can also make one not think clearly. I remember when my Dad had his heart attack, my Mom was in denial that it was a heart attack.... heavens she didn't want anyone to know what happened, otherwise the neighbors might think she wasn't a good wife taking care of her husband.... [sigh]. Mom didn't want nurses or physical therapist in the house, as the neighbors might wonder about the strange cars in the driveway.
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Thank you for answering. Actually my father hadn't died. He is 83. The doctors said he is a walking miracle. I stayed with mom a good bit while dad's hospitalization and recovery and rehab went on. This is when I saw how my mom had a lot of anxiety and childlike symptoms. But since July she has made a tremendous change for the worse. The mumbling really aggravates my dad. The caregiver and myself try to keep them apart Just didn't know if this fast progression is normal
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Regular follow ups with a neurologist are probably a good idea, every 3 months. I would also ask the pharmacist about the meds she is on for possible drug interactions. Please understand that the grief she is experiencing will affect her for a while. The anniversary of his death will be particularly hard.
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