My 85 year old Dad is in rehab because he had sepsis and the stress is very hard on my Mom. This is a woman who has never written a check for a bill in her entire adult life and that was just fine with her. The gender roles that my parents have are by mutual consent. My brother has stepped in to help Mom with finance management. For the first time ever, Mom is having to look at that part of her life. The picture is not pretty. My brother tells me my parents are in deep financial trouble, something I suspected was coming coming on for a number of years now.
The reason I mention this is because Mom has never handled stress very well. As long as I can remember, one of her coping mechanisms has been to become confused and flustered, almost like a child. I believe my Mom has an untreated mental disorder, bipolar and anxiety disorders run rampant in her family. She can't help herself, that is for sure.
So getting to my question. Moms mental abilities have diminished drastically since Dad has been sick. She was tested for dementia/Alzheimer about five years ago but the test indicated she did not meet the criteria. I don't know anything about the nature of the test that was given. Her problems with memory and confusion come and go but I notice they have gotten worse in the past few years. Now they are really bad. I am very concerned.
My questions. Should I gently suggest Mom be tested again for dementia? Does mental illness sometimes cause dementia? Are there a number of types of dementia and if so can someone suggest a good website to learn about them?