Our expert says:
Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your father-in-law. It certainly sounds as if something is not right with him. He should be seeing a good neurologist or physician, who can listen very carefully and do appropriate tests.
An MRI cannot make the diagnosis of dementia, but evidence of “mini-strokes” is certainly not normal. For a doctor to say of mini-strokes that “everybody has them” and “its not serious” is simply not correct. If you father really has had “mini-strokes” they should be taken extremely seriously. Please arrange for him to see a good neurologist (not neurosurgeon) or physician who can help make the correct diagnosis.
I hope things go better with him.
Kind regards, JT
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