Hi, my first post here. My mum is 84 . Both she and I are concerned that she is confusing numbers and words on a daily basis. With numbers, this could be a time or date reference, a money amount etc. She says she can "see" the number in her mind but can't verbalise it. Mum is retired, highly educated, but is aware of Alzheimers and that she might me getting early stages of it. With words she is very frustrated that she cannot find the correct vocabulary for say a simple grocery item, place, person or object name and the word "thingy" is now all too common a part of her vocabulary in which my mind now has to work overtime in trying to decipher ! This all began a few months ago and now seems a daily occurrence. She still reads (crime thrillers) a fair deal and does the daily newspaper puzzles to keep her mind active first thing in the morning The other aspect of this are her panic attacks which occur over the slightest thing e.g. taking out the washing, answering the phone, putting out the bin, answering the door are all activities she can handle UNTIL two or three of those things have to happen at the same time and she panics, often with outbursts of temper and sometimes tears, usually over the most trivial things. Quite a shock to both our systems as like most mums " multi tasking" was her middle name, water off a duck's back...UNTIL NOW ! This may be linked but she had a back operation some years back and is on the painkiller Tramadol and has severe withdrawal (nausea/irrational/irritable temper) if she doesn't keep up with the daily doses. Finally, strand three of all this is "inertia" (not being bothered to do anything) whereas before she was a passionate gardener, "chef", reader/researcher, day tripper etc. etc. all that has now taken a back seat.and like many of her generation she is technophobic, netphobic, with no interest in using this computer and no intention of doing so. Even finding her way around a mobile phone can totally distress her. So that's my "picture" . I don't live with my mum but live nearby and visit/stay most weekends. Am keen to help out with any chores that need doing : shopping/laundry/security/garden/handling phone calls etc. but I cannot be here 24/7. Any ideas ? Suggestions ? Similar experiences from anyone else ? Any feedback much appreciated. Thanks.