I've noticed that if Mum has a lot of things going on on one day, she is more confused and very down the following day. If I talk about what we did on the busy day, she brightens up, but still doesn't want to do anything but sit and read. Although she's 88, she is physically fit for her age with the help of a pacemaker. On Saturday, she skimmed through her paper - she rarely reads it properly but likes to have it, read her book, spent an hour in the garden doing some leaf sweeping, which she said she enjoyed doing as she loves to be outside and to help. Some friends dropped in for a cuppa for half an hour and the evening was spent reading again. On Sunday, a friend came to lunch. Mum tried to lay the table and got it in a muddle, (which I quietly unmuddled when she wasn't looking) and read. She chatted happily to my friend, of whom she is fond, and relaxed with her book and a bit of tv and chit chat in the evening. Today she says she is in such a muddle that she just doesn't want to do anything at all except sit with her book - no walk, or washing up etc. To an extent, she responds well to exercise and stimulation, but it seems to me lately it takes less and less to send her in a downward spiral to a "confused day". Anyone else find this? How do you help get her out of that mood? She's not miserable per se, just subdued.