What I find really strange is the discrepancies in my mothers symptoms. Last year she scored 3 on the MMSE. She rarely remembers my name or, more recently, that I am her daughter. When she realises I'm there to visit her she introduces me as 'her family'. She is in a residential home and needs help with dressing, washing and toileting. I have noticed that she now waits for cues before eating or drinking - if I pick up cutlery then so will she etc. Her conversation skills are rapidly deteriorating and she tends to respond very simply (but usually appropriately) and is pretty much unable to start a conversation. What I find really strange is that she is still able to remember and use her schoolgirl French! She can still read, though I'm not sure she always understands what she is reading and she can still spell (even difficult words such as antirrhinum) Hope I've spelt it right!! Over the last month the home have noticed that where she used to eat at about the same speed as the other residents, she now is only just finishing her starter when everyone else has finished the whole meal. Is this a first sign of losing her ability to chew???