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Tragedy and dementia
I hope someone has an answer for me. As we all know how difficult it is taking care of our loved ones. That question has been on my mind for quite a while.
Scientifically, I dont think you will ever have an answer to your question. IMO AD is physical deterioration of the brain + at this time there is no effective treatment for it.
However, if a ‘normal’ person experiences the traumas you are describing, they may certainly have detrimental psychological effects(depression etc) that can be evident in a person’s behavior. I think a person developing AD will be affected similarly, possibly with acceleration of symptoms, but I do not think such experiences ‘cause’ AD.
I am sorry for your losses. I am assuming your mother is seeing a mental health specialist, because she could be suffering from something other than Alz. A traumatic experience like your mother went through could induce PTSD, severe depression, insomnia, forgetfulness, apathy-signs that could be mistaken for Alz, but which could have a cure or recovery.
If you can-take her to the Mayo Clinic and get her a thorough mental and physical exam. I checked my mother out for all the common illnesses that might cause dementia like symptoms before I would believe she had Alz. Good luck!