Q My 94-year-old mother has dementia. We first noticed short-term memory loss six years ago, although looking back, other personality changes were also present. She received a diagnosis, but wouldnâ€™t engage with any mental health services. She lives near by and we are a close family.
Mum was always fiercely independent. I was happy to support her to remain in her own home, visiting five days a week. She frequently complained that she felt lonely and isolated, but she wouldnâ€™t consider alternatives.
Mum denied that she had any cognitive problems â€” she said it was a conspiracy between me and the GP. She became verbally aggressive towards me, paranoid and unhappy. She couldnâ€™t use the bath or shower and she wasnâ€™t eating properly. There were onlyâ€¦