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Recently my mother, who is in late stage Alzheimer's, has started calling out for her mother. I'm wondering if she thinks she's a little girl or is she close to passing away. Her mother died 23 years ago.

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Thanks for the help everyone. Like vstefans said, I'm thinking my mom is feeling like a little girl being taken care of by her mother. It so sad..
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Linda, probably more that she thinks she is a little girl and her mom could help her feel better. Do what you can to help her feel better, and maybe tell her that her mom wants you to do it since she can't be there herself. This is sad and hard, and unless there are more medical signs of shutting down like not eating or sleeping around the clock, it will likely go on for some time yet. Hugs...
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One of my Great Grandmothers "saw" her deceased Father, then her deceased Mother, at the foot of her bed right before she passed of a long term illness. She saw her Dad 2 days before passing, and her Mom a couple of times in the 24 hours preceding. No one else in the room could see them. I know what you are saying. Some relatives felt like they had come to take her home, some thought it was just physical tricks of the mind due to the process of shutting down. I didn't have a guess either way, but was glad that it made her happy.
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Could there be some pain she is experiencing when she is calling out for Mother? I know this is a stock answer, but has she been checked for a Urinary Tract Infection? Oftentimes, when there is a change in them, it is due to a UTI.
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I agree with Wilkie. My mom kept telling me "he came to visit me today. We talked about 'blah blah". I finally figured out she was talking about her long-dead brother and was hallucinating. She had visions of recent conversations with him and an aunt she was close to for quite a few years before she passed on.
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It's possible, but if that is the only sign you have it is not really reliable. My mom has occasionally called for her mother over the last couple of years... I think it has to do with being cared for in a way that makes her feel childlike. You don't say if she is on hospice, they can help know what other signs to look for, or there are wonderful resources on-line if you search for them. You mention in your profile she is having problems being alone, could anxiety be causing her to ask for the comfort of her mother? My mom was recently started on mirtazapine and I have seen a dramatically positive change in her behaviour.
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