Hi everyone - I'm new to this site but I can see it will be an invaluable source of information and support. My mother who is 78, received her 'official diagnosis' yesterday. We expected it, but nevertheless it makes it all seem so final with only one way to go - downhill. My mother lives alone, but keeps a nice clean house and herself, very well. She has a little dog whom she adores and takes out for walks twice a day. Her biggest problem seems to be at the moment, communication. She has great difficulty at times, in finding the right words to express herself. She'll start to say something and then just stop because the words wont come. She feels, in her words 'so stupid'. She can't master anything new - for example, a new tin opener. She cant remember where to place the wheel on the lid and how to hold it. A new dvd player sits unused underneath the TV as despite many attempts at explaining how to use it and leaving simple written instructions, she just can't grasp it. Reading many of these posts - her level of AD and VD is nothing like some of you are having to deal with. But I worry at what speed it could deteriorate. I have broached the subject of us pooling our resources and her moving in with us to a house that has a granny annexe, but she isnt keen to leave the home she loves, plus that brings a whole lot of other problems. I live about 45 minutes from her, but know this will present a problem as she deteriorates. She's been presribed Aricept so I can only hope that this will slow things down. Sorry about the rant - I know nobody can give me the answers, but thanks anyway.