I've recently learned that I had a small stroke and also suffer from small vessel disease, all which translates into memory loss. A few years ago I heard of a website called Lumosity which was designed by a neurologist (or neuropsychologist - I don't remember) to help people exercise their brains. Your MIL might really enjoy it while also benefitting from the memory help she will gain.
The site recommends that you work the games & puzzles once a day (it takes about
5 to 10 minutes) and it keeps track of your progress. It also compares you to other people of your sex and age. The first day I tried it, I scored a 17 percentile, which means that 83 percent of women my age scored better than I. Within a couple of days I was up to 50 percent.
It costs to join, but she can try it at no cost for a month. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether or not they have memory problems.
Your biggest issue, however, is how to get her to the doctor, and I sympathize with you, as I had similar experience with my dad. Perhaps if you kept a journal of her behavior, memory problems, etc, for a couple of weeks and showed it to your husband. You're an angel for taking care of her - it's a huge and difficult responsibility. Good luck.
Post Edited (PattyLatty) : 1/3/2013 7:50:33 AM (GMT-7)