I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience to this. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and Vascular dementia following a stroke just over a year ago. Since then her condition has deteriorated rapidly. At the end of last year my father-in-law was not coping with the incontinence and non co-operation and she was beginning to be violent towards us. At the end of February she was sectioned and looked after in a secure unit for assessment. She totally lost her speech and then swallowing. Finally in April she was taken into hospital, with pneumonia and treated with antibiotics. We were prepared for her final days. Imagine my surprise when I visited her and she was sitting in a chair laughing and joking and talking more than she has done for the past year. She also has no memory loss. In the weeks following we have been able to discuss her condition. (She said herself that she was suffering from a degenerative brain disease). Now she is slipping back into silence so I am very confused! Any comments would be apreciated.