My mother is about to turn 88. She has had trouble with reasoning ability and memory for years. Last year she was diagnosed with dementia. The symptoms seemed to be accelerating until about a month ago. She still doesn't have good reasoning ability, but her memory has been very good for her age. What is going on? She seemed like she was going into the later stages of dementia. Now she seems nearly okay mentally, though physically she still has troubles. She isn't perfect -- she still has lapses and periods of confusion, but nothing like she was having before.
This is a blessing. It would be even more of a blessing if meanness was not coming back. She has started blaming me anytime she has a personal shortcoming.
I no longer understand what is going on with her and why her memory is improving. I just know that it is. I don't know if it will last. It does make me realize that cognitive decline is tricky to predict. There are so many things, e.g. sugar levels, thyroid, cortisol, medications, moods -- that play a part. We have a doctor's appointment Wednesday. Maybe her doctor will test her again to see if she is improving or if I'm just going crazy.