The title of this post says it all. My mother has either Vasc dementia or Alzheimers or both - professionals disagree. She is in a nursing home sleeps most of the day, just gets up for meals or occassionally joins in an activity. I am always impressed with the quality of the nursing home and she is quite content mostly. She has begun telling amazing stories, about the dog that came in and bit her (not true) about my brother not helping her (not true) and what he is doing with his life. She thinks she is in a nice hotel but she has got to move on does know where she is going but she is very excited etc. Today I took her our for a 20 mins drive and she laid back in the seat so contented as if she were sun bathing. She said its lovely being shown around by you but I wish I could show you around "up there". She said it is so nice "up there" you would really like it but you are down here. Didn't you know I was up there? To check out what she was talking I about asked her if she had seen any one up there. She said she had seen her parents (died long ago). She hadn't seen her twins yet as they are in a special place, but she will see them soon (died 68 yrs ago). She told me there weren't any angels up there but it is really lovely. And so our conversation went on in this vein. I felt a bit uneasy thinking this should be put in to the category of one of her many fabrications but it seemed so real. I thought has she had a near death experience? Is she preparing for her death? Has her soul left her body? What does anyone make of this? I know it really depends on our individual religious beliefs but has any one else cared for someone with these ideas?