Our expert says:
The situation you describe is difficult and complex, and the only way to get a clearer idea of what is going on is to find a way for your mom to be properly assessed by a psychiatrist or perhaps also a geriatrician. There could well be a dementia ( and there are many causes for dementia, some of them fully or partially reversible if properly diagnosed ). OF course it can be very dificult to persaude her to see someone when she needs to do so.
One ca sek in various ways to persuade her that some form of help is needed and could be aceptable to her. Eventuallty, the degree of self-neglect can become severe enough to sinificantly threaten her well-being, and then sometimes a doc can help arrange for her compulsory admission to hospital for a full and proper assessment and to start treatment.
Tis can be easier with the active cooperation of family members, so also discuss your concerns, and the realistic basis for them, with your family members and sibs
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