My mother carries everything "but the kitchen sink" in her purse....2 sets of all her keys (in case she loses one set), a magnitized pick up "stick", loose change, 2 checkbooks, 2 wallets, her coupons, a tape measure, screwdrivers, etc. She has back and knee problems and her doctor has advised her to lighten the load by getting a smaller purse and only carrying what she absolutely needs.
Despite this, mom absolutely refuses to remove anything from her purse. Yet, she constantly complains how much she aches and how difficult it is to keep her purse strap on her shoulder while walking with her cane or how heavy the purse is when she tries to put it into a shopping cart.
She still drives and could leave the screwdrivers and some of the other things in her car but she won't do that either. She keeps insisting that she needs everything with her.
Is this dementia? Alzheimer's? Or, just stubborness?
I'm at my wits end!