My mother has a history of hard to explain mental issues. She has been in mental facilities several times. For the last few years, she has been acting like she was getting Alzheimer's or dementia of some sort. She would say off the wall things, forget who people were, say that the house she was living in wasn't hers, accused care givers of stealing, acted paranoid, etc etc. I had to put her and my father in a nursing home earlier this year. She gave the nursing home a hell of a time.
My father died a couple of months ago. Ever since he passed away, my mom has been acting like she knows what's going on. Her confusion has lessened dramatically, she rarely talks crazy, recognizes people, etc etc. So now I am wondering, was she faking it? Why, all of a sudden after a trauma like losing her husband of 55 years, is she acting closer to normal than she has in years? Has anyone experienced someone with Alzheimer's having long periods of clarity? Even my father, before his death, when they were still living at home, said he thought she had Alzheimer's which he was familiar with, since his father had it. (She has taken lots of medicine and perhaps they are giving her less at the nursing home than she was taking at home but seriously, why is she suddenly clear?)