Hello to everyone and a Happy New Year! I have an 80 year old grandmother who i fear is suffering from the early stages of dementia. She is showing all the typical signs of memory loss and repeating herself and, although she is aware of some of this, she has decided that it's due to stress after a particularly difficult year. I have spoken to our GP who has told me about the tests that he would have to carry out in order to confirm if she is getting dementia or not, but I am at a loss as to the best way to get her to the doctors in the first place. She is a lovely old lady, but very stubborn and hates doctors full stop who she refers to as "THEM". She prides herself on her self sufficiency and independence and her epitaph would probably be "I don't want to be a burden". I don't want to frighten her anymore than I suspect she already is, but in the little I've read about the disease I know that early diagnosis is beneficial and that there are drugs that can slow dementia down - if you catch it early. It's been very informative and interesting reading some of the messages on your site and if my fears are confirmed I can see TP being a great source of comfort in the future as there are no other family members to call upon. If anyone has any suggestions on the best way to tackle my gran or if anyone has been in a similar situation i would greatly appreciate some advice. Thank you.