Our expert says:
Dementia is a real possibility for many of us. The pattern of remembering the distant past more than recent events is recognizeable. But there's a greater degree of failuire to reality check in assuming that her daughter would remember events from before the daughter was born. The paranoid suspiciousness is a common pattern - both general suspicions of others, and blaming others for stealing things you have simply mislaid. If she was convinced you were doing drugs when this was not so, that's part of the same problem.
This is a difficult situation to deal with here the person refuses to seek help. Sometimes one can manage gently and over time, to persuade her, not that you don't believe her tales, but that you are concerned at how unpleasant this situation must be for her, and to gently and gradually suggest seeing a shrink ( maybe described tactfully ) could help her deal better with how these strange and unpleasant experiences are affecting her.
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