How to deal with an aging parent who never cleans up after herself. She use to be a "clean fanatic". Is this a sign of dementia? - AgingCare.com

How to deal with an aging parent who never cleans up after herself. She use to be a "clean fanatic". Is this a sign of dementia?

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Perseverance is right - it could be depression or dementia. Often, the two issue coexist. I would take your parent to the doctor for an overall check up, since medications and such things as urinary tract infections can cause dementia like symptoms. Then, also ask for cognitive testing and discuss depression. A full work up will be needed.
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Carol
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More information would be helpful, like age and other diagnoses.

It sounds like it could be dementia... or it could be depression. Have you brought her to the doctors recently?
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I also think that with age, they just don't see the dirt, disorganization like they used too. They also don't have the energy to clean like they once did. I see that with my mom. Try to coax her to having a cleaning person a couple times a month. If its more than that where dishes, garbage, etc are piling up and the situation is a health hazard then you may have to consider more frequent help.

Depression, lack of energy, lack of company, etc contribute to the persons lack of will to be as clean and organized as they once were. Medication may help with depression or underlying illness, but I wouldn't expect that they will maintain home as it once was or you wish it to be.
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I also think that with age, they just don't see the dirt, disorganization like they used too. They also don't have the energy to clean like they once did. I see that with my mom. Try to coax her to having a cleaning person a couple times a month. If its more than that where dishes, garbage, etc are piling up and the situation is a health hazard then you may have to consider more frequent help.

Depression, lack of energy, lack of company, etc contribute to the persons lack of will to be as clean and organized as they once were. Medication may help with depression or underlying illness, but I wouldn't expect that they will maintain home as it once was or you wish it to be.
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My mother is having a lot of issues. She constantly is trying to organize or straighten things. You take her to a store and she doesn't seem to have any control. Straightening items on shelves or tables, counters etc in restaurants. She keeps putting things in the wrong places or hides things & can't them later. She is having a lot of difficulty with her speech, studdering, can't seem to find words & gets very flustered. She sometimes just wanders away & no one knows where she is, sometimes for hours, than she doesn't remember even doing it. She is anxious a lot and it gets worse the more that is going on around her.Does not remember places or names, but pretends she does. She doesn't think we notice as a family. She loves cycling & gets extremely focused on it. Is this some of the dementia issues? She was forced to retire about 2 1/2 yrs ago due to getting confused easily at times which caused issues. She was a CPA. She does seem to struggle more with numbers which she use to be great. She is only 61. She did have a mild stroke & a grand mal siezure about 4 yrs ago. Gradually overtime the symptoms became more apparent to family, though I don't think she realized it back then. We feel so bad for her & are worried & we love her. Thank you for any insight. She does take medication on & off for the anxiety.
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