Hi, I've been reading the forums in here for quite some time now waiting for the inevitable, i.e. that my Mum (who lives with me)would be diagnosed with some kind of dementia. Now it's happened (some weeks ago) - Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia. - She didn't take it in at all and puts all her problems down to her age (86). The Psychiatrist said the good news is that she was diagnosed just in time for them to prescribe the kind of drugs that NICE (was there ever such a misnomer) have banned except for people in the advanced stages. My mum has been prescribed Reminyl XL starting at 8mg and now up to 16mg - I'm told they will progress up to another level (think it was 24mg). I know these things don't work for everyone, but I just hope for a little improvement, however small or temporary, but no sign yet. It's very difficult (I know I don't have to say that to anyone in here) but I work full time and I don't want to just abdicate responsibility. The ladies at the clinic said they would be contacting Social Services and The Alzheimer's Society for me but I don't know what if any help I can expect (and when). I don't want to sound selfish, but I really need to go out one night a week, and I have a couple of holidays booked this year. Sorry to go on but it's difficult to talk to friends/people who don't seem to understand.