This is my first post. I write about my mother who was diagnosed with MCI in 2013, after various tests (and ruling out other things). She is 78, and lives with my father, who now "organizes" pretty much all of the day-to-day household things, and is very patiently, but constantly, having to remind her of what's going on. Her memory has worsened over the last year, and I really wonder how she would manage on her own. I also suspect that at GP/clinic appointments, the extent of problems is underestimated because together they manage, and my father perhaps doesn't let on how much she relies on him. I think we could now be in the realms of dementia, but realize the decline is a continuum and I am unsure of what the official distinction or threshold between MCI and dementia is. She is not due another follow-up at the clinic until March, but I think one might be appropriate sooner, and am quite prepared to instigate this if need be. My father is very wary of her moods, and reluctant to "upset" her, or to "lie to her".
I am considering phoning/emailing their GP and telling him my concerns, and suggesting he has her reassessed. I may have to do this behind my parents' back. Would there be any advantage to getting a dementia diagnosis? Medication? Support? Any advice, thoughts, comments welcome.