I am wondering if anyone can provide a bit of guidance for an issue that we are having with my 62-year-old mother. She has always been something of a hypochondriac and has, in the past, invented illnesses that had no basis in reality (i.e, told us that she had lupus ... diabetes ... cancer, etc when she hadn't been diagnosed). In the past few months, we've noticed some alarming things. Personality changes - extreme anxiety - repeating herself over and over again, a seeming inability to keep track of stories (she tells very different versions, sometimes in the same conversation with the same person). She seems to have a lot of trouble with remembering conversations. She has a lot of anxiety about missing appointments, and she will often call me several times in the same day and ask, over and over again, when her appointment is/what day/etc. She seems well orientated to time and place. She knows who we are, she's still living independently & paying her bills, driving, etc. However, she's recently had a few minor fender benders and narrowly missed accidents because she seems to have some difficulty with reverse/forward gears. She's been to a neurologist and to her primary physician. They are most concerned with her extreme levels of anxiety and have her on Ativan. They've also started her on Aricept. The neurologist has not done any extensive testing -- just the memory/cognitive test (which she failed). We frankly don't know what to believe, given our mother's history of being less than truthful and "sympathy shopping", as it were. We've asked the neurologist to do additional testing - he's recommended a spinal tap (???) and MRI's but my mother is resisting and at this point we can't force her to get testing. The overriding issue is her inability to keep track of conversations and some personality changes we've seen (she is very withdrawn, clearly quite anxious, and this is markedly different than how she always was). I am wondering ... is frequently telling the same stories over and over ... plus not being able to recall recent conversations ... early signs of alzheimers? She doesn't seem to have any other problems -- such as, misplacing things or unable to pay bills/shop for groceries, etc. I would appreciate any input. Thank you very much.