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Her memory is deteriorating regarding recent and long ago. Is this a symptom of dementia?

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Yes, it sounds like it's probably dementia. What is her physical condition? What medical problems does she have and how old is she? If she has no short-term memory, it sounds like she needs pretty close monitoring, particularly with medications. My mom has pretty good long-term memory, but no short-term memory.She lives in independent living, but I have people coming in twice a day to give her medications, because she couldn't remember to do that.

It would be good to get your mom a good physical work-up with blood work, etc., so make sure there's nothing else going on. Urinary tract infections can mimic dementia. So make sure she doesn't have one of those.
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I found this great article on this Aging Care website. It talks about the different stages of Alzheimer's but could also be related to dementia. Hopefully you will see a pattern regarding your Mom to give you a better understanding what is happening.

https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Stages-of-Alzheimers-disease-118964.htm
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