My 81yo MIL was diagnosed with advanced dementia based on memory testing and talking with the geriatric doctor back in November. Since then we have had blood work and CT done, and the results were what they expected them to be. The Dr said that based on the information I provided, and her 1on1 with MIL, that she believes that she might have some undiagnosed mental issues as well that have contributed to the dementia. MIL was a very free spirited person in the 60s/70s/80s, a very heavy beer drinker, and at the very least Marijuana was used. She is not on any medications besides daily vitamins and extra vitamin D. She is ambulatory and in control of her bodily functions, just has issues remembering things. She has had several memory tests. We began trying to get her into Compass Research to help pay for her medical needs. In June at the ALZ Foundation she scored a 12, at the Dr's office in November an 8, 1 week later at the ALZ foundation a 5.(she did not qualify for the study).... my issue is...
1. Is the diagnosis correct?
2. Should she see a psychiatric Dr? IMO she has compulsive tendancies, possible depression or anxiety, but whenever she is around people she has to be the center of attention and is very excited and happy. It IRRITATES me that the medical professionals and everyone else laugh with her and tell her how cute she is, and how much fun she is.
3. How do I convince Dr's that she is being manipulative, and seeking attention.