Mum has just been discharged after 6 weeks in hospital and I still don't know why? Three weeks ago we were told she had scored 20 on the mmse carried out before Christmas and would be started on Aricept. But before the treatment was started a second mmse test was done by a locum psychiatrist and she scored 21. However my father, who was present at the time complained that the psychiatrist spoke very poor english and was impossible to understand, so the ward doctor repeated the test and mum then scored 29. When I spoke to the doctor the next day, he said mum had done very well and that she did not now have dementia. So I asked him if that was the case then how come she has no short term memory and has obsessive behaviour patterns. He replied that she may instead have some atrophy of the brain. So has she demetia or not ? She has been discharged, we have no diagnosis and no follow up, apart from a visit due by a psychologist to advise dad on coping strategies. As far as I can see the last 6 weeks in hospital were pointless and as nothing has changed I face the depressing thought tht mum will be back in again within a short space of time, once the anxiety of a life outside the unstimulating hospital envirenment catches up with her.