Since about 2 months ago she's rapidly developed aphasia, and can't remember details like my brother's phone number or the year she was born now. It's awful to watch her turn from a vigorous self-sufficient geriatric to a frail, quiet, elderly little lady. She's now forgetting to take her meds every day--we have to call her to remind her. Her memory up to this point had been terrific (she's just turned 88). She also was able to drive till just a few weeks ago. She's also become very weak and has been put on 24/7 02. Her aphasia and short-term memory gets worse every week, it feels. She's had strokes, has been evaluated and sees her neurologist regularly. Her last MRI showed she had another small stroke since her first big ones from Dec 16 (that interestly did not seem to cause any physiological changes at all).
We are moving her to assisted living soon and she's happy to go since she lives alone although we all live in the same town (mom/sibs/me). My sister says it's dementia and I'm not sure that is what it is. She forgets she's called me to ask me to help her change her 02 portable tanks, etc but she remembers names and things from long ago. Help?