I posted on here a while back for advice on what to do about my mum so thanks to all who replied. I recently visited the doctor with her (we'd been previously and he'd recommended various blood tests), these came back negative. Told him mum was still forgetting things, repeating, odd habits of compulsive buying, food, clothes. He didn't seem too bothered. When we went again he told her she'd had too many birthdays ... she's just 74! I mentioned Aricept, he said he wasn't convinced of its merits. I then asked if I could have a formal assessment done for mum. He is arranging this. At no time was I offered any advice on support, how the disease progresses, or anything. He knows mum lives alone and that I am travelling over 150 miles to take her to a docs appointment. Back up provision is rubbish! The doc confirmed to mum she's probably got mild dementia. She is understandably heartbroken. There was no counselling offered, yet if it was someone my age (43), and I'd been diagnosed with an horrendous disease, presumably there would be. I guess after the assessment, the doctor will do nothing until I pursue it. He made some remark to mum about me leaving no stone unturned in my 'quest' but it's hardly surprising is it? It's a sad fact of our society that people don't care about the elderly, despite the fact that one day they too will be old. Thanks for listening, any tips gratefully received!