My mum was diagnosed last year with Alzheimers and I am "watching" her get increasingly confused and frustrated by it all. I am an only child and live 400 miles away. My mum lives alone in sheltered housing. Her nearest relative is an older sister who finds it very difficult to deal with and lives 20 miles away. I used to chat to my mum every night for half an hour as I drove home from work (hands free of course) and tell her all about my day. Now all she talks about is the weather and the children in the park opposite. The longest call is no more than 10 minutes but if I am honest that is sometimes 8 minutes too long as we have the same conversation 5 or 6 times. After she has rung off she rings back 5 minutes later and we have the same conversation all over again. I can get anything up to 30 calls a day and she has started ringing my work too. Is anyone else in a similar position being so far away? What help can you get from social services/councils/etc?