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Just came home from church to find door unlocked and lights on all over the house and outside. MIL said at first she didn't turn lights on then said she did just forgot to turn them off. But the scary part is that when we asked about the door, she said she didn't unlock it then a few minutes later said she did but thought she locked it back. Is this the demintia or normal fogetfulness? What are your experiences with this?

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fixercantfix, is this something new with your Mom-in-law, or has she always been a bit forgetful? I know sometimes I will over think things making them worse then they really are.

Heck, my sig other will leave the lights on, the doors unlocked, as he's the absent-minded professor.... his grown kids said he's always been like that. One day I came home from work and he had left the freezer door opened on the refrigerator after getting something out to take to work.... [sigh].
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cwillie, she does have dimintia and has been a lot more forgetful the last couple months.
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Eyerishlass, my MIL moved in with us in 2000 because of some health issues that got better but never left. We found out about 5 years ago she had a traumatic brain injury at a very early age which explained the mean and nasty side she likes to exhibit.
The dimintia started about 3 years ago and has been progressing very slow up until the last year. I lost my Mom to Alzheimer's last April and it was about that time things got worse with her.
Thank you for your response. I didn't even think about the stove. I have gas and electric so just turning them off would not be an option. I guess I was hoping it hadn't come to this yet. Probably time to plan on being around the house a lot more. Thank you!
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You know MIL best, is this a one time event, or is it part of a continuing pattern? Does she have dementia or are you just worried she might?

I can see how she might have thought she heard something and went to check it out and later forgot about it, especially if she had dozed off. Or she could have denied it because she felt silly later or didn't want you to fuss.
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Someone needs around the clock caregivers when they're a danger to themselves. But it sounds like you live with your MIL? It might be a good idea to hire a caregiver when you want to go out from now on. Next time she may want to turn on the stove.
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