Afraid mom might have Alzheimer's, how to bring it up?

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Hi everyone. So over the past few months, my mom's short term memory has gotten worse. She forgets that she told me or someone in my family something already earlier in the day or the day before, she'll notice something new like one of her plants growing a new flower then the next day, notice it again and not remember noticing it yesterday, she forgets words sometimes as well. She sometimes gets weird mood swings out of nowhere and gets angry or upset over small things. She gets very tired even though she gets a full night of sleep too. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with Alzheimer's.

She just turned 50 so I know it's not common for her age and she just started menopause around the time of these symptoms, which could very likely (and hopefully) explain all of her symptoms, but she's so different now from how she used to be. Sometimes she'll forget something and it scares me how simple or common the thing she forgot was and it just worries me. I'm afraid to even bring it up to her because I know she would dismiss it and get upset that I would even consider it a possibility, but if she does have early onset, I'd want her to get treatment as soon as possible. How do I bring it up to her gently that I want her to get tested? 

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  • Posted

    Hi, jake 

    its a difficult one especially as your mum is only 50.

    your mum is close to my age , and to be honest she probably knows herself that something's not quiet right .

    mayby you could suggest she tries some herbal tablets like ginkgo Bilba? and a high strength vitamin B complex , as she may be lacking in these especially if she is going through the menapause... it may just be a start to getting her eventually go to the Doctors ...

    ive been taking the above and after about 6 weeks I noticed a vast improvement .

    she obviously has a son who cares for her very much , and that's so important .

    it could be a number of  other things ... just stay positive .. 

    kind regards 


  • Posted

    it sounds very much like alzheimers to me ,think the best thing to do is have a word with her doctor and he will assess her and if he thinks she has got alzhemiers he will refer her to a specialist. it was actually my mums doctor that told me he thought she has dementia the quicker the better as believe me it is a long road to sort everything out.

    wish you the best of luck. heather

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    I am sorry to hear that jake sad I hope it's not alzheimers better let her go see a doctor hope it's not alzheimers. And for the mean time why not give her a GPS tracking device just to monitor her movement and track her just in case. I truly hope it's not alzheimers jake sad God bless and I'll pray for the both of you.

  • Posted

    It is so important to PUSH your GP for an MRI scan

    which will determine any problem, this all takes weeks to book in

    then even longer to get on medication, dementia is many yrs in the making

    15/20yrs so someone dia., at 70 does not realise it started at 50yrs

    the eastiest test, is to pick a random address, (without postcode)

    repeat straight-away, then 20mins then 3hrs,

    until you get dia,. read about short term benefits of extra virgin organic

    coconut oil, there is no cure just a slowing down of memory loss

    different medication works for different people, but try and start on/ask for

    memantine hydrochloride,  less side effects

  • Posted

    Give her some herbal tablets like ginkgo Bilba as "1962" suggested, those tablets will help her a little.

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