Hi all, I'm new here so I'm not quite sure where to begin. My dear mum hasn't actually been diagnosed with dementia but I've noticed big big changes in her personality over the past year . she suffered apparently a very mild stroke ( if there is such a thing ) last Christmas whilst she was ill. I really thought she was going to die. Since then her memory has become extremely bad and she seems to forget the most simplest of things ( her grandchildrens birthdays that were marked on the calender ) . She doesn't seem to remember what I tell her her just minutes later! I really feel that I have lost the mother I once had and I'm finding it hard to come to terms with this. I used to ring her nearly everyday but find that now it's maybe once a week. We don't actually have conversations anymore and I come away from visiting her feeling very very sad. I haven't spoken to her about this because it's just too painful but I don't know what to do. I know that what I'm experiencing is nothing compared to everybody else on here and I really feel for you all. I suppose the difficulty I have is that I no longer seem to have the mother I once had and I just don't have anybody to talk to about it. Sorry to go on. Thanks to anybody who has read this.