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The best part for me, the doctor understood what I was going through, so she tried to get in as much testing during the appointment then scheduling other times.
And any time the doctor asked either parent a health question, and my parent would answer, the doctor would look at me to see if I was shaking my head yes or no. She was so good at pulling correct information out of my parents.
I still remember the time, after my Dad had fallen quite a few times, the doctor said it was time to get a medical alert to wear. I just rolled my eyes when my Dad said "that's for old people"..... my Dad was in his late 80's at that time.
Although nothing could be done, the clinic did help me with her actions and that helped me a lot. they explained to me what was happening and how to care for her as best I could and to understand that the day will come when I would no longer be able to help her and she would need a facility. Unfortunately she passed away before that day arrived.
to answer your question, Yes she should be seeing a specialist. They can, in most cases, help you as well and you will more than likely need it in the future.
You will have such a hard road ahead with much planning to go with it.
Do not hesitate with the future planning and don't hesitate to ask for guidance, help, or assistance from here or any where else.
Best of luck to you.
If so, what you should do is ask that doctor whether s/he agrees that your mother would benefit from a referral to a geriatrician and/or an older age psychiatrist or dementia specialist and/or neurologist for more detailed investigations.
But I wouldn't get rid of her PCP, especially not if you're generally happy with the care and especially not if it's a long-established relationship. If the PCP is a good one, they're worth their weight in gold when it comes to co-ordinating health care and seeing the whole picture.
It took nearly a year before the right mix of meds were found for mom. At least now we can go out together for a few hours each week; shopping, lunch, just enjoy being out... and she's SO MUCH CALMER. I'm just doing the best I can for her and that's what's important.