This is my first post here.
My mother is 81 and lives in Spain. I have had a feeling for the last few months that my mother has memory issues. Looking back, the deterioration may have started about 18 months ago. She is having trouble writing down numbers without getting in a muddle, can't concentrate on the TV for more than a few minutes because she has trouble following storylines, she often can't remember the word for something simple (kept calling a store - the school). A friend of hers called to tell me that my mother asked them to come over but when they got there she had gone out. My mother didn't remember that she had asked her friend over.
There have also been a couple of more bizarre incidents. One in which she wanted to get in touch with her brother about selling some land which has not been in the family for many, many years.
My problem is that my mother has no awareness that she may have memory issues. She doesn't have a family doctor and uses a home doctor service, if she is feeling unwell, so there is no one I can contact to express my concerns.
Does anyone have experience of the symptoms I have outlined? Could it be dementia? How on earth do I get her to a doctor for a medical assessment, as she doesn't think she has a problem and just puts it down to normal 'old age issues'.
I should add that there is no history of dementia in the family. Also, she has days when she seems perfectly normal, which leaves me thinking I have imagined it all.
Any advice welcome!