My grandmother has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Why does she remember something that happened 8 hrs. ago but not 10 minutes ago?

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I work at an Adult Day Center and my grandma goes with me there every day. On the way one day I told her that we couldn't go a certain way because there had been an accident. Later that day she asked me about the accident but couldn't remember what she had won at bingo just 30 minutes earlier. She also changes things about her past, ie; someone asked her if she likes camping, she said "I do but to get my husband to camp was like pulling teeth" and yet they owned a motor home and traveled all over the country. The next time she is asked she answers appropriately. Similar things happen all of the time with her. I have worked with Alzheimer's and dementia patients my entire adult life and have never seen this before. Any thoughts?

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I don't know if this is helpful but I read a wonderful book called 'Contented Dementia'. It's a very easy read & really helped me to understand how best to approach sufferers.
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Yes, I've seen it quite a bit. Since my cousin was diagnosed with dementia, I've come into contact with quite a few people who have it. Plus, we have family friends who have it as well.

Short term memory is normally the first to go, then long term, though it works differently with different patients. My cousin's long term also went pretty quick with Vascular Dementia. She retained some things like memories of her parents, grandparents, old music, etc., but soon into the illness she forgot her high school, college, jobs, health background among other things.
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What you are seeing is pretty typical for dementia. OH and people who travel in RV's and motorhomes do not consider that camping. Camping is in tents, because when she was little, there were no motorhomes.
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