I have observed my mom become forgetful, confused, forget what time, day or month it is but then she'll be pretty rationale about other things. She seems to have lost all ability to do bills, handle the phone (making or receiving calls). No one else has observed it b/c as MANY caregivers will tell you -- we're pretty much on our own. The few times ppl do make their quick appearances in mom's life, mom is so happy about that -- that seems to put her in lucid rationale mode.
So is there a difference between cognitive decline and dementia or is one a precursor to the next? Thanks.