My 74-year-old mother was recently diagnosed with dementia. It was a something I was not expecting to hear and I was completely shocked.
She’d been forgetful on and off for the past year or two, but I’d attributed it to her just getting older. However, at the beginning of the year her forgetfulness had reached a point that I could no longer ignore.
I took her to the doctor for a checkup and mentioned to the doctor about her memory problems.
I sat and watched in growing horror as he went gave her simple memory tasks to do and she failed every one. She couldn’t write a clock face. She didn’t know the year. She couldn’t do simple math problems. She didn’t even know who was president.
How could she have gotten this bad and I hadn’t noticed?