She Seems to be Fine, then Sometimes her Behavior is a Little Odd.

To talk to my mom, she seems fine, her mind seems sharp. Every now and then, however she does something a little odd.

I notice at meal time she acts as though she is starving (I make sure I feed her plenty) and she also acts as if we are going to take her food away from her.

I will be placing food on the table to get ready to eat and she will rush over, not even sit in her chair, but stand there shoving food into her mouth, while filling up her plate.By the time we are seated she is half way done.

She doesn't look up from her plate either. During that time she seems totally absorbed in her food and she shovels it into the mouth. You would think she hasn't eaten in a week.

Today she was doing her laundry (she wants to).
I have a front loader machine and there is a little drawer that pulls out where you put your detergent and softener.

When she went to put the softener into the dispenser , she poured some in the cap (ok that's fine) but instead of just pouring it in, she turned her back to it, leaned a little backwards and poured the softener over her left shoulder. In other words she did it backwards. I thought that was really strange.
I wonder what's going on with her?

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by: Anonymous

You should relate your concerns (write them down) to her doctor and have her checked out in case it's a metabolic problem or nutrients, etc. He can also evaluate her at that time for the beginning of dementia.

If it's that, buckle your seat belt because the ride is just beginning. People with Dementia/Alzheimer's all react differently and display different signals of it.

Some become paranoid and think you're stealing from them, others become vulgar and sexual, others withdraw. As my own mother worsens, little things show up every day. She continually opens her dresser and takes everything out and carefully puts it all back in just "so-so." She can do this five times a day.

I would start writing down things you notice so they aren't forgotten so it can all be relayed to her doctor. If more starts to happen you definitely need to get her in for an evaluation. The eating thing might go back to some memory she has of being hungry and she's going to make sure she has enough. You never know. You didn't say how old she is, but she lives with you?

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