My mum has been diagnosed with SVD & Alzheimer's, she has been put on aricept to see if this helps. However we have a problem as she can't remember if she has taken them, hides the packets and doesn't know how to open the pill reminder capsule. She doesn't think she lives in her house but is in a house that is exactly the same as hers. Her short term memory is appalling. My brothers and sister and I are all really concerned for her, I go round every day, but she is isolated and has trouble using every day items, and I don't think she eats properly. She seems to buy food for the people she thinks are at home, but in reality she lives on her own. We need to get some help, but have no idea where to start! Do we go to her doctor or contact a social worker? It's all well and good being given a diagnosis, but where do we go now? It would be so helpful if, when diagnosed, families were given advice on the next steps and not just given medication to see if it helps. This seems to be a horrible disease, with no answers.