A discussion about dementia
I'd like to start a thread that might be a resource for people who are new to our forum. I note that time after time, caregivers will claim that their loved one does not have dementia, yet they report behaviors that lead others to say, oh, yes, that's a form of dementia.
Now there is another thing I notice, which is when a personality trait becomes intensified with age or illness. My own mother was a very insecure person. but my father was the steadying influence. The last 6 years of her life without him, she was increasingly paranoid about money and security, when she had no need to be. I could never reassure her that all was well. She was sharp, even at 95, but showed behaviors that were exaggerated and illogical. Dementia? Well, she was 95, and such changes in cognitive function are indeed called dementia.
I found this good article, and I'd like to discuss it with others here. Maybe our discussion can help people who come to our forum in the future.
Here is a link that might be useful: geriatric dementia