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Forum: Memory concerns and seeking a diagnosis

This forum is for people who have concerns about their memory or someone else’s.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Diagnosing dementia - My relative won't go to the doctor: Podcast, February 2014

    It's not uncommon for people with memory problems to not want to go to the doctor. They may think there is nothing wrong or they may be aware of a problem but want it to go away. Unfortunately the problem won't go away and you may want to help your relative visit the doctor to find out what the...

    Started by KatherineW‎, 14-02-2014 02:32 PM
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  2. Smile Sticky Thread Sticky: Welcome new members

    If you have just joined Talking Point, a very warm welcome to you. You are reading our Worried about your memory forum. If you have concerns about your memory, you may find the following information, which is held on our main website, helpful: Should I be worried about memory problems? ...

    Started by KatherineW‎, 05-01-2012 02:18 PM
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  1. Poor short-term memory - any suggestions?

    My Dad who is 86 has just visited us to attend the wedding of my daughter, which was on Saturday. It was a wonderful day and went really well. The following day I asked Dad about the wedding and he couldn't remember a thing. I tried to prompt him a little but there was nothing there. Even when I...

    Started by njs44‎, Yesterday 05:40 PM
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  2. Mother with memory problems in denial... help!

    All my mother is 77 and has failed two memory tests. She is refusing to consent to any tests via the memory clinic. She is adamant there is nothing wrong with her memory and is quite aggressive and cruel towards me even thought I'm only trying to help. She gets into a constant loop on...

    Started by Debs0162‎, 22-09-2014 09:29 PM
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    27-09-2014, 09:54 AM
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  3. What do we do now?

    It has taken us about 18months to get my mum to go to her GP about memory problems. The first appointment he sent her for blood tests, understandable to rule out anything else, she had to go to the nurse who told her all was well blood test showed she was fit and healthy. We then had another...

    Started by Brandysal‎, 27-09-2014 04:43 AM
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    27-09-2014, 06:06 AM
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  4. Daily 'funny turns' a possible symptom?

    My mom has been having these turns for many months now. She describes it as a kind of buzzing in her head and say that her tongue feels strange - almost like its swelling. Her one hand feels weak and she opens and closes it whilst having the 'turn'. Her one pupil dilates slightly too. They last...

    Started by Nettie2998‎, 23-09-2014 08:47 PM
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    25-09-2014, 06:33 PM
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  5. Getting a GP to initiate a conversation about memory (problems)

    Hello, I've been coming on this website and reading posts for some time now and have found it so helpful to read about and learn from other people's experiences. I have tried to follow some of the advice given to people in similar situations and have got stuck so am hoping that I might be able...

    Started by agur‎, 29-08-2014 09:36 PM
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    24-09-2014, 01:57 AM
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  6. Help

    I have been noticing problems with my mums Memory over the last year, and other signs of behaviours That were not quite right .... I did go to the GP in my own to express my concerns , And she wanted to see mum . After much Denial and not wanting to go .. I got her there . She failed the...

    Started by Kazzaf‎, 20-09-2014 09:30 AM
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    23-09-2014, 06:25 PM
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  7. Awaiting appt to see neurologist

    Hi everyone, I have been following for a few months having concerns for my OH. A few years ago he had some MRI scans that showed white matter lesions but was discharged when there was no change over a year. 2 years ago his GP gave him a short memory test which he dealt with ok until he came to...

    Started by nurserosetta‎, 11-09-2014 11:26 PM
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    22-09-2014, 07:07 PM
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  8. can anybody help answer some questions please

    Hi I'm new here and was hoping someone could help me....I go to visit my 91yr old nan everyday I am the only person that she sees..I had noticed over the last couple of years that she was getting forgetful and slower in her walking but put it down to age.back last Month she was admitted to hospital...

    Started by onewills‎, 26-08-2014 12:48 PM
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    22-09-2014, 03:50 PM
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  9. Legal standing

    Hello, I apologize if this thread already exists, I had a look through but could not find what I was hoping to read. I am currently looking after an elderly relative, who has reticently needed grater assistance due to illness. I have a long experience as a care assistant specializing in dementia...

    Started by maf‎, 19-09-2014 02:01 PM
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    19-09-2014, 10:32 PM
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  10. Is it early sign of Alzheimer?

    Hello Everyone My father who is over 58 years old now recently showed some strange behavior which I do not remember observing earlier. That was something very small like once he asked where is my mobile phone's remote (he wanted to ask where is my mobile phone's charger), he brought home some ling...

    Started by amitinddr‎, 18-09-2014 06:29 AM
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    19-09-2014, 12:23 PM
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  11. Slow NHS and now a stroke?

    This is my first post, my mum (72) has been waiting for a referral to the Elderley care clinic to be assessed for what seems ages now, far too long and has now been taken to hospital witha suspected stroke. i live 3hours away and am now awaiting a phone call from my Dad who is her carer - Feel very...

    Started by Jenb123‎, 12-09-2014 11:09 PM
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    17-09-2014, 11:34 PM
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  12. A sudden decline

    Dear all, My father in law, who is 91, has just had a sudden change in behaviour over the last couple of weeks. I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience, or any ideas what may have caused it? I thought that dementia came on slowly; maybe he's had it for years and we never guessed. Up...

    Started by Elene‎, 15-09-2014 01:52 PM
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    15-09-2014, 03:10 PM
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  13. Concerned for a relative

    Hi everyone, I'm sorry if this isn't the right place for this post, My Grandmother's turning 85 this year, she's always been talkative, active and always seemed a lot younger than she actually is. We're very close (she did a lot of my upbringing) and I used to see her almost every day but a...

    Started by LittleMy‎, 14-09-2014 11:38 PM
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    15-09-2014, 12:16 AM
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  14. Dealing With Doctors

    I think my father has some form of dementia as he is showing the following signs: short term memory loss Unable to map is way around when on a recent holiday e.g. to and from hotel or even finding where the toilet is. Simple task on holiday such as operating the shower. He is 68 and his...

    Started by mrfixituk‎, 14-09-2014 05:55 PM
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    14-09-2014, 06:17 PM
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  15. Banging my head against a brick wall!!!

    My Mum cannot remember anything me or my brother tell her, I'm desperate to get her to the doctors but she said we'll have to drag her. she wont go for a check up because "there is nothing wrong". Me and my brother went to see her last night to try and persuade her to visit her GP and after going...

    Started by mimbot76‎, 13-09-2014 10:47 PM
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  16. frustrating time's

    Hi (Have posted before but still im new to this) My nan GP has told me that dementia has set in the only reason I can think of him coming to this conclusion is an MRI scan she had in hospital for delirium which showed she had had a mini stroke apart from that he has done no test on my nan just...

    Started by onewills‎, 13-09-2014 08:03 AM
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    13-09-2014, 04:40 PM
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  17. Poor Mum!

    Hello, I'm new here! I've had some concerns for a while over Mum's memory: word finding difficulties,inability to use her laptop, getting confused during conversations with telephone providers etc. My fears seem to have been confirmed during a visit at the weekend. Mum came with my uncle (she's...

    Started by Aloysius‎, 19-08-2014 05:41 PM
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    13-09-2014, 10:55 AM
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  18. Support session on diagnosis - today 2-3pm

    Hi everyone, Just to let you know that between 2-3pm, we'll be running a dementia support session in the chat room - today's topic is diagnosis. If you have concerns about your own or someone else's memory and are seeking a diagnosis of dementia, chances are there will be other people who...

    Started by HarrietD‎, 01-09-2014 10:41 AM
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    11-09-2014, 05:06 PM
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  19. My Lovely Mum :(

    Is there any way to get a faster diagnosis of Alzheimers?? My Mum has changed in the last year to 18 months and seems to be getting worse more recently. Dad and I have already taken Mum to the GP. She has had blood & Urine tests. Test with all the questions (in surgery), test with other questions...

    Started by DottyBev‎, 10-09-2014 11:15 PM
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  20. 38 and forgetting / substituting words / memory concerns

    i'm 38 years old; I'm from the UK but I've been living in a non-native country for more than 10years. I work independently, but with my job I do get to communicate with native individuals a lot. Sometimes I forget words - the other day I couldn't think of the word "swollen", I could picture...

    Started by coffeecup‎, 09-09-2014 03:05 AM
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    09-09-2014, 10:52 PM
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  21. how long did you have to wait for a diagnosis?

    Hi everyone Mum had a test at the memory clinic yesterday, quite lengthy, we were there about an hour and a half altogether. The doctor (?) who did the test said she now has to have scan and then they will meet to discuss the results and then she will find out around DECEMBER. This seems like a...

    Started by DollyO‎, 28-08-2014 05:03 PM
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    09-09-2014, 09:31 AM
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  22. Tricky situation

    Hi everyone, I am concerned about an elderly relative (male, 80 years old) who is related by marriage but still has a lot of contact with my immediate family. He lives on his own in a retirement village and they provide 3 meals a day for him. His daughter (who has medical POA) lives in...

    Started by Lawson58‎, 05-09-2014 01:02 AM
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    06-09-2014, 08:42 AM
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  23. memory loss and confusion plus alcoholism

    My Dad is an alcoholic. He turned to alcohol to deal with the loss of my mum nearly 3 years ago. Alcohol makes him lose his words, fail to understand anything said to him and sometimes makes him aggressive. When he's not drinking he still has some level of confusion and words are a bit hit...

    Started by eebahgum‎, 27-08-2014 10:56 PM
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    04-09-2014, 12:51 AM
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  24. My mother doesn't accept she may have dementia

    Hi, My 87YO mother has a shocking memory She lost her husband of 57 years in March, but I know her memory was bad before then, it has just got worse with the shock etc. She cannot remember stuff and gets quite agitated when I try to tell her that she has been told something before. Minor stuff...

    Started by helenlong‎, 02-09-2014 07:34 PM
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    03-09-2014, 07:17 AM
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  25. My Dad is Hallucinating, Could he have Alzheimer's

    Hi everyone Im Al, I , along with my Mother, Sister and Brother are going through a bit of a knightmare with my Dad. He's nearly 70 and lives in the country with my mum. He's a quiet man and is very able bodied and still works as a plasterer and looks after finch's and other birds in his spare...

    Started by rasher‎, 02-09-2014 02:44 AM
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    02-09-2014, 03:32 PM
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