Nov 10, 2016 - 12:08 PM
Dementia progressess differently for each sufferer. Generally however, slow or fast, you can expect it to progress. New developments are constantly coming to light to aid in controlling it's advance, and it will behoove you to not delay getting her medical attention if she hasn't already. Good luck!
Nov 10, 2016 - 03:24 PM
You may want to raise the concern with her primary care physician and let them do an assessment. Her doctor may be in a better position to share these concerns with her.
Nov 15, 2016 - 09:08 AM
You might begin by sitting down with her and gently pointing out your observations. Find out if she is aware of the same difficulties. I have found that early on, people with dementia recognize that they are having problems. Frequently, they recognize the problem sooner than others who are close to them.
Does she see her primary physician on a frequent basis? The test that the primary health provider uses to detect dementia is simple and easy to administer. If that test indicates a problem, your Mother-in-law will be referred to a Neurologist for diagnosis and treatment, as indicated. It is helpful if a family member can accompany her throughout this process. Not only does this provide support for your Mom-in-law but also to obtain information, in case decisions need to be made to provide for her safety.
If she is starting to get lost, you do not want to put this off. I have seen some sad situations occur because the family put off taking action in a situation like this.
It is not easy to take that first step but once you do, I suspect that you will be glad that you did it. Another benefit to getting your Mom-in-law some help is, if she does have dementia, there are medications that can help her. So far the meds do not cure dementia but they help the individual function better. The sooner the meds are started, the better.
I wish you luck with helping your Mom-in-law.