My mother, who just turned 70 y.o. in February 2009, has been demonstrating sign of Alzheimer's for the past several years. I have a decent medical background - a B.S. in Diagnostic Imaging from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. I worked as an x-ray technologist and ultrasound technologist for 15 years. I had a very close cousin die from the disease, so I am quite familiar with the symptoms.
My mother has displayed a drastic change in personality, extreme forgetfulness, the inability to complete tasks that she could do previously, problems with numbers, organization, bill paying, weight loss...
My OVERWHELMING problem is that she doesn't realize what is happening to her. She won't go to a doctor for testing or regular visits. This is playing havoc with her financial responsibilities. She is to the point where she may lose her house and everything that she owns.
I don't know how to get her help. She is ruining everything she has. How can I help her?
The Alzheimerâs disease affects the cognitive possibilities. The condition usually does not improve and only becomes worse in time. If your mother already shows signs of irrational thinking, then you might want to call a social worker for advice or have a neurologist come in your home and examine her. He might be able to determine whether she might still be taken responsible for her acts or not.
As for the legal implications of her health condition, you might want to consult a lawyer.
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