Why does Mom manage to pass her cognitive tests?
Yesterday we went to the neurologists for the big appointment. He asked her the date (she just filled out forms where she had to write it down 3 times), the president, what town we were in, what county (she paused over that one) and to remember 3 items. Then he asked her to name all the animals she could think of in 1 minute. The minimum is 15 - she was able to come up with 16. Last time she came up with 30 something as I recall.
So he says that he doesn't think she has Alzheimers. That she might have some mild cognitive impairment. Mom was surprised.
Then I told him a couple stories about things she has done, said, or not remembered, like when she was talking about giving POA to my brother the lawyer to sell the house in Richmond when we moved back east. Except my brother was 13 then.
He then gave us a sample pack of Namenda to titrate onto. Mom reads the info pack on the way home, and it's for people with moderate to severe Alzheimers. First he says he doesn't think she has it, then gives her meds for moderate to severe Alzheimers???