This afternoon I went to see Mum in the NH and she looked so well. I was later told that she has put on some weight, which is good news. She had also asked for her new friend( in the NH) to come and see her, and the lady was chatting to Mum when I arrived. They were actually having a proper conversation and Mum was listening and responding. Her friend sounded as if she came from the same area of North London as Mum, and the way she talked reminded me of my Grandmother (including the swear words!) Later, Mum asked where the "girl" had gone, and I think the lady must have reminded her of people in her past. I also noticed that Mum was much more aware of what was happening on TV and made some comments about the tennis. She seemed like her old self. I'm just hoping that this "up" stays for a long time. Is it common for Vascular Dementia sufferers to make new friends? It certainly has done Mum good.