How can I tell my mom has dementia? She says out of the blue sky this isn’t her house or that we have people living outside (and we don’t). I see other strange behavior with her. Please help me.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a popular handout called the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. You can access it at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.
Take your mother to a good physician for a workup to see what is going on. A neurologist would be ideal, but many physicians can do a basic workup for dementia.
The physician may find treatable causes like a vitamin deficiency. If it is Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, you can then make a game plan for the education and resources you may need.