Most articles on Alzheimer's imply that it's short term memories that go first. My mum's (87) LONG TERM memory seems to have declined rapidly recently. She struggles with basic crosswords, she can't remember names of dishes the family has been eating for years, can't remember memorable family holidays we had years ago and has no memory of people who were extremely famous during her lifetime or were famous till quite recently. She is aware of, and very frustrated by it. Her short term memory has declined a little, but not nearly so markedly or so worryingly. Does this sound like early stage Alzheimer's, or normal aging? Should I suggest she goes to see someone?