Okay, so my 71 year old mother lives alone a few minutes from us. She has always had a difficult time with forgetfulness. She wrote and posted notes EVERYWHERE. Ever since I was a kid. She was diagnosed with Recurrent Major Depression (Resistant to Treatment). She's even had to have Electroconvulsive Therapy already because the medicine hadn't been working. Her psychiatrist has even told me that she will likely be forgetful and have trouble with words with her anxiety as the long lasting effects of her anti-psychotic she is on can do that to her. However, as of late in the past couple of months, I've noticed it's becoming harder for her to find the right words and she's starting to forget even more. Her neighbors - who she takes places sometimes to keep herself busy - tell me she's the best driver ever! They feel so safe traveling with her. It’s odd because she never gets lost, or calls me asking me how to get home. She can write out checks just fine. She pays her bills as well. She knows her address. She shows up on time for church many times without reminding. I can't make any sense of this. But if she goes to say something like, "I'm going to the market today." She'll say, "I'm going to go to...... uh.... you know..... uhh... the place." and then it's like we have to play a guessing game with her. She's already been to the doctor and he's recommended taking her to a memory clinic. When I mention going to a memory clinic she gets very upset and starts to cry (she's always been highly emotional) and says things, "Please don't put me away. This is horrible!! This is the worst thing ever!!" I keep trying to reassure her that this is more like going to a specialist doctor, but I can tell she thinks I'm planning to put her in a home. I'm not her POA so I can't force her to go. Could this be something else other than Dementia/Alzheimers? It does run in her family and her mom and aunt had it. So it scares me of course. She seems to be aware that she's having trouble with her words and I can tell it is frustrating for her. Not sure what to do here. Any advice is appreciated.