Really good days with dementia?

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My mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia back in August and has been in a nursing home since. For the first couple of months, my husband and his sister would visit and leave, saying how horrible she was to them. Just absolutely hateful. Won't, or can't participate in conversation, constantly picking at her face, or scalp, no eye contact. However, the last few times we've visited, she's been her old self. Truly the way she's been since I've known her for 30 years. We all wonder if she's been misdiagnosed, or is this how dementia can work?

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There are good days and bad days, but, you might have her case revisited just to make sure she received a correct diagnosis.
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Dementia can certainly work that way. And as Jessie says, there may have been something else going on that exaggerated the symptoms of the first months.
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Dementia can be like a roller coaster. The bad behavior you first noted may be that she was adapting to a new place or that something else was going on that has cleared now. You can expect up and down times with dementia. Your MIL must be at a fairly advanced stage of dementia from what you described.
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