My mother has had a steady mental decline for the last couple of years. She doesn't remember stuff we've just said, doesn't follow explanations, doesn't remember the day of the week or the month, is convinced people are stealing from her... all the flags.
After a recent financial crisis that my brother and I had to help straighten out with the bank, she seemed ready to talk to the doctor about it. She wanted to know what good seeing the doctor would do, though. I said that they could look for other causes for her problem, like her diabetes, her medications, etc. But what hope can I offer her if it IS a form of dementia? The medications don't cure or slow it down, correct? What can they offer her?