My mother has dementia and has been verbally agressive for a while but today we reached a new low when she pinned me against the cooker and attacked me with a lump of wood after punching me several times. I managed to get away when she said she was going to telephone the police because I had stolen her dustbin. I stood there taking the punches, hits with the wood and scratching with my arms folded to protect myself. I cannot actually push her away as she isnt very steady on her feet and would fall so what can I do? At one point she was looking around the kitchen and I asked what she was looking for and the reply was "a knife to stab you with." I came away from taking my mother her lunch with scratches and bruises. I should have realised that she was stressed when I went in as she said she had had the meter man in and he had broken her microwave but I didnt recognised the signs. I came home shaking and sobbing. I love my mum and sometimes its so hard as my family wont have anything to do with her because of her behaviour. Yesterday Mum had her first dose of Sequestril 5mg per day and I was really hoping that it would help. How can I protect myself in the future?