Hello, I'm new here, but I wish I wasn't. My mum was diagnosed yesterday with Alzheimers Dementia. She is 49. I have known there is something wrong for about 4 years now, but only in this last year have really pushed for help as it has become very difficult. She is no longer allowed to drive, cannot work, she is a different person in that she is no longer my "mum". I am heartbroken - I think, I don't really know what I think. I'm only 22, I have had a baby this year, he is 11 months, I am desperately sad that my mum cannot help me out with him and spend time alone with him, and enjoy her first grandchild as she once would have. I have no idea what to do. My dad emigrated 2 months ago to the other side of the world with his new wife and isn't really interested in what's going on. Apparantly we just go home and "carry on" were the doctors words yesterday. I could tell they all felt very sorry for me and mum at the hospital and all the doctors we met were lovely. My mum is a very "interesting" case I think to them, being as she is so young! I don't live with my mum, as I have my own home with my partner and our son. My brother lives at home with mum, but he is only 19 and is going through a lot already with our dad leaving, so isn't really going to be of much help I don't think. I have no idea what to do. The doctors held a meeting about mum yesterday and phoned me afterwards and they all agree upon the diagnosis and have said that on a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being the worse (does that mean dead?)) she is between 4 and 5. That sounds quite bad to me, and apparantly it is often quicker when it happens at a young age. I'm sorry I've waffled on, this probably makes no sense. I'm sorry. I'm just very sad.