Re: Is This Dementia?
Don't worry. In my opinion, with years of caring for a mother with Alzheimer's and being close to another relative with it, the person affected by this disease is the last to know. That is, as long as you are worried that your forgetfulness may be Alzheimer, it probably isn't.
Let me give you an example: My Mom didn't mislay things or find them later right where they should be - she assumed someone had sneaked into her apartment and taken things away, and then sneaked back in and put them back, just to confuse her and annoy her.
My Mom didn't overlook a jacket hanging in its usual place, she put on MY jacket, and didn't know it was not hers although 4 sizes too big.
A day after my brother brought us a roast beef he had made for us, Mom threw it out because ''it was bad."
The same day we got a bouquet of beautiful lilacs, she threw them out because ''they were old."
If anyone said, "what is happening to your memory," she said, "I am fine! I have no memory loss at all. But my daughter, who lives with me, can't seem to remember anything!"
As we get older we have a few senior moments. I recenlty looked for the cookies I was supposed to take to the family Thanksgiving dinner. I could not find them anywhere -- I was really annoyed at myself. Then I found them in a bag near the front door where I had put them the night before so I wouldn't forget them. I don't think I am getting Azlheimer's. But if I do, I won't know it.
Last edited by Martha H; 11-29-2008 at 11:22 AM.