For the past 2 months I have seen that my mother's memory has slipped very quickly. She now thinks that her mother is still living at her house and that she needs to be told where mom is. Mom wants someone to come pick her up and take her home or she asks me to call Dad and have him go get her. Her mother died 35 years ago and Dad died 18 years ago. Mom thinks that she is 70 yrs old because she can't count beyond 1999. Is this sudden jump in memory problem something that Alzheimer's people get? Other than memory problems and her needing help with toileting and bathing, physically Mom can still move around fairly well. We insist that she use a walker for balance but more do because it slows her gait down. I am going to call moms doctor for clarification of her diagnosis.
Can anybody tell me what else I should be looking for? Her care giver at the assisted living home is a sweetheart and just says that everything is ok and that this is just normal progression. She still has mom participate in all that they do during the day and tries to keep her distracted so that she does not think about wanting to leave.