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Hi Batter and welcome to TP.
Very difficult, we will all have different answers. However, I had the same problem, my mum is 81 has Moderate Mixed Vascular and Alzheimers Dementia, she didn't understand what the specialist said in her front room. Then when I told her best friend what the Specialist said "she hit the roof". Dad and I put some things down to old age two / three years ago, didn't really ever discuss it and when he was diagnosed with Bone Cancer from Prostrate Cancer in January 2014, we noticed something was really wrong with mum and I told mum I wanted her to go to the doctors, because I thought she had Dementia and they could prescribe tablets what helps. However, she hit the roof and accused me of lying, was awful to dad who was dying and told her sister and her daughter (my cousin) not to come anymore. Dad died in June 2014 and I left it a while to get over the grief etc.... then in September 2014 she agreed to go to the GP, had memory tests which she failed (although these are not fair) and then had brain scan which showed shrinkage of the brain and poor blood circulation, but her GP said she could be depressed with dad dying, so she had to go on Anti-Depressants for 6 months, then her GP said we should wait another year, then in the next breath said "put mum in a care home", she wasn't or isn't that bad. So I waited for him to go on holiday and then went to see his colleague. Within 2 weeks mum was diagnosed. She still doesn't think that her brain doesn't work right, logically or forgetfulness, but I managed to convince her with mum your blood doesn't pump around your body and brain right. She is OK with that, she tells me she feels her blood juddering through her veins, but she ain't keen on going to the doctors , unless she really needs to. She still gets very upset with the Dementia bit, especially when she says it is always on the news and television.