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This comes and goes. She will call sometimes and say she doesn't know where she is or what she is meant to be doing with the day. We have been seeing her every day and my mother has been taking her food every day, yet sometimes she will call us or others and say she hasn't seen anyone in a long time. The anxiety and memory problems can come and go. She has shown problems like these before but she went back to normal and it has happened again. Some days she can be in the middle of appearing quite bad with the confusion then will appear to go back to her normal self. It has been a few days now and she still seems confused. I am wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience with these deficits appearing to come and go and if anyone could shed any light on their experience or what it may be? Thank you for your help.

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Yes, this happens all the time with my 95-year-old mother. It is  dehydration. A lot of older people get dehydrated very easily and she doesn’t drink much water. Try giving her 4 to 6 ounces of water to drink and see if within 30 minutes she seems more cognizant. She is in an assisted living facility and it is frustrating because on Saturdays they do not have much help and no one tells her to drink, so she will always call me wondering where she is on Saturdays. As an example
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Find a neurologist specializing in dementia. WebMD is a good site for information about doctors
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Doctors have only asked her to draw things to check her cognitive abilities and we are struggling to find a place that would do a thorough medical examination. Do you have any suggestions about what course of action to take with the doctors in order to get this examination as soon as possible?
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Lewy Body Dementia is known for its fluctuations. That is a diagnostic criteria. Confusion can last an hour or a day or a week. In fact sometimes people who don't understand that kind of dementia wonder if the person is faking it for attention. Nope. It really comes and goes that much.

As other posters have said, it could be a number of different things, and a thorough medical examination is important.
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Hi, thank you very much for your advice, we will have her checked for a UTI. Yes I read about the possibilities of mini-strokes as well, we will try get these all checked for and I will post an update! Thank you again.
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Great advice from Grammy. It often happens with UTIs. If you aren’t familiar with UTIs in the elderly please read up on it. There are many posts on this site. She won’t necessarily have “typical” symptoms like burning etc. Sometimes the only symptoms are like those you mention.

Check for medication interactions, dehydration.
In general she needs a full workup. She may be having small strokes. There could be several issues, many simple to treat.
Let us know what you find out.
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First I would have her checked for a UTI. In older people this can cause havoc. Share all your concerns with her doctor while you are there.
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