She was fine about 6 weeks ago then she couldn't remember time and how to calculate elapsed time. She couldn't use her phone, she can't remember the steps to taking a shower and really doesn't know how to tell when it's time to go to bed. She's lost 20 pounds in 4 weeks.
It could be caused by a number of things, may have been medications interacting, a stroke, blood clot, or some other new health problem. First take a list of all meds including over the counter meds to a pharmacist to rule out interactions, I know it is the weekend, but you should be able to get that done at any pharmacy. Then make an appointment with an internal medicine doctor, if you an find one that also does gerontology, that would be best. Then get the person checked by a neurologist, both of these types of specialists should be able to diagnose and treat the person.you are in my prayers. Pattshan
There are a number of reasons as Patti said. She should probably have a CT Scan to rule out a possible stroke. Has she had any weakness on one side of the body or other? Sometimes a stroke can just manifest as a memory loss. It could be a number of other things as well. Patti has a great suggestion by being sure you list all meds she has taken. Generally dementia and Alzheimers have a slower progression but she may have just gotten to the point where things are really starting to go downhill. Poor lady! She definitely needs evaluation by her Dr. ASAP.
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