My father was ill for years and recently passed, my mother was the sole care giver. With my fathers sudden passing, my sister, brother, and I were trying to figure out what to do. I noticed my Mother was having bouts of forgetfulness and confusion. I decided to quit my job and move in with her.
First thing I did was have her medical needs met, she ignored her health while she cared for my dad. I had her hearing tested because I thought perhaps her confusion was due to her hearing loss. She admits to having constant ringing in her ears. We found out she is completely deaf in one ear and has very poor hearing in the other but she refuses to get hearing aids. She said it will make her feel old. I think it will hurt her pride to admit to having to wear them.
Sometimes she admits she forgets things and jokes about it, but most of the time she denies saying things or blames me, saying I am trying to make her crazy when I mention things she forgot she said or did.
I don't know if she is forgetful and confused because she is not always hearing what is being said, or if she is having real issues. How do I approach her doctor without offending her and her pride.