My mother has been having mild symptoms of dementia for a few years. We didn't think too much of it but we were careful not to leave her alone for too long (she lives with me). This past spring her symptoms increased dramatically. We met with her PCP who mentioned that she may be suffering from vascular dementia. He did not do any diagnostic testing. No neurological testing, no CT scan....nothing. When I ask him about her confusion, he says "It's probably the pain medicine". Still no assessment of her symptoms. He recommended a book "The 36 hour day". That book confirms to me that she does display symptoms of vascular dementia but that all..... My siblings cover the hours that I work but the rest of the day/night is up to me.
My mother can not be left alone or she becomes extremely agitated and leaves the home panic stricken. She does not know the year, her address or the president. She does not recognize the homes of my siblings....says things like "I like Mary's house, I haven't been there before" . She also says "Where do I live". Some days are worse than others.....she is extremely attached to me and gets anxious if I go anywhere but work. She repeats herself countless times. I am beside myself with unanswered questions. Some of my sibling, who do not spend much time with her, think I am exaggerating. I know a diagnosis may not change her problems but I need answers. Does everyone out there see a neurologist? She can't have an MRI due to having a pacemaker. Any help will be appreciated.