Two doctors (a neurologist and a nurse practitioner) have diagnosed my mom with MCI, but they have also said that she is unable to care for herself or for her finances. It seems like dementia to me, but all they will diagnose is Mild Cognitive Impairment. She can't make phone calls to schedule appointments because she forgets why she's calling. She sometimes forgets to take her pills. She sometimes gets overly emotional and ready to cry for things that are not a big deal. She asks the same questions and has the same conversations over and over again.
She knows she can't remember anything. Is that the big difference? When she gets to the point that she doesn't know she's not remembering things, will that be dementia?
It seems like none of her doctors are taking this seriously. She also has excellent Long Term Care insurance that will pay for assisted living or memory care, but only if she is officially diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's.