My mother is at severe risk for dementia and alz. Her mother currently has it and several of her aunts have/had it as well. My father and I see changes in her memory, concentration and behavior and fear she may be experiencing symptoms of the disease. She isn't 'present' in conversations anymore, needs things to be repeated, often forgets something we've said and asks the same question several times. She's confessed that she can't read because her mind cannot focus on the words to form coherent running thoughts and she's always rewinding tv programs because she 'blanks out' and misses parts of the dialogue. More fears are cropping up her in her mind and affecting the way she lives (not taking walks for fear of dogs, locking all the doors when all family members are home, never leaving an appliance running unattended etc). When we try to talk to her about it, she gets defensive and insists she can change and get better by herself. We experienced this denial from her mother as well and it makes me really scared that she's really headed down a slippery slope. I want her to get tested and see a doctor but she so stubbornly refuses...is there anything I can do?