Hello, my mom is 75 and is constantly humming, whistling, doo-dahing and making mmmm sounds. She is not aware that she is doing this. When talking with her, she will tell you something in great detail and then repeat the same thing the very next day. She does have some health issues such as a heart condition, arthritis and many pains. Her sister that she lived with for over 20 years died just over a year ago and my mom went to live with my brother and is going through some stress with him and is also depressed from time to time. Is this behavior a sign of dementia/Alzheimer’s or some other condition?

Without more information and without seeing your mom or being a medical doctor, I am not qualified to diagnosis her from afar. I can tell you that if you have concerns, I highly recommend taking her to a physician and if you don’t like those answers, keep pushing. Sometimes getting a diagnosis is very difficult, depending on the doctor. It is heartbreaking to watch our parents grow older and I sympathize with you. But I am glad you are concerned and that you care for your Mom so much. Many older adults aren’t so lucky. Since she just moved in with your brother, that could be a difficult adjustment for her and losing her sister that she lived with for so long would also be a tough time. The combination may be causing some of her symptoms. Be patient with her. Once she gets into her new routine, you may see some improvement. Again, it wouldn’t hurt to get her physicians’ opinion. Best of luck, DJ, and thanks for being such a caring son.

6 thoughts on “Is Mom’s behavior a sign of dementia?

  • June Gregory

    The very first symptom I noticed happened in the course of his work as a florist. My husband had a four hour conversation with a fellow florist about various events. The next day the same fellow returned to replace what he had borrowed the previous day. My husband had no recollection of the visit, nor the conversation, and became agitated in that he insisted it was not so. The incident occurred twelve years ago and my husband passed on July 20, 2014. The alzheimers disease ravaged him quickly I am told as the rate of progression is usually slower and more drawn out.

  • gretabug

    The first thing I noticed with both of my parents was the shocking, blissful inability to realize the danger they were putting themselves in by trying to use the burners on the stove to cook food without a pot or pan…the controls for the stove have been removed and only get replaced when I am cooking for them.

  • Mary Rollins

    My husband has been diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia for 7 year and is getting worse fast. Does this mean he will continue at a faster pace.he is 67 and and his father and his grandmother and his three aunts his dad’s sister also had Alzheimer’s?

  • Barbara DuTemple

    I have my 87 year old step father living with me. I have seen signs of Alzheimer’s (as I have looked up). He leaves the stove on, the hot water running, now when he walks he shuffles his feet, and keeps asking about his appointments even though I inform him continuously. I asked his GP if he could be tested so what he did is when we arrived in his waiting room he gave him 3 words to remember. Then when it was his turn in his office he asked him those 3 words. 1 he got, the 2nd he had to be given a clue and the 3rd was a no go. That was the last of it. What can I do

  • Marie

    My mother has had dementia for 20 years. She always wants to go home. She just turned 85 this week. Life has been a challenge. My brother and I have been the primary caregivers. He deserves a crown. We have 4 other siblings. But they didn’t help us much. For others who are facing this, just realized that are not alone.

  • Curtis

    My grandpa had Alzheimer’s and was always calling me the wrong name. My father has dedicated his career to dementia research and I have helped him create an online memory test.

    Hopefully people will find value in this online dementia test.


    Early detection of a memory problem is one of the only things we can do to defend against Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.

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