Hi--I'm new here. I've found reading the other posts on vascular dementia very helpful, as so many seem to be going through exactly what my mother is: she can no longer read (which was always her greatest pleasure) or watch TV; she has aphasia; she sleeps a lot; can talk intelligently on the phone but not in person; has no short-term memory at all. She's 85; had a stroke at 82 and now that I look back on it I can see that she'd been slipping mentally for years in little ways. Thank goodness we found a wonderful gerontological psychiatrist, who is carefully balancing her drugs to try and at least slow the deterioration. What I'd like to know--if anyone knows!--is, what is usually the endgame with vascular dementia? Do patients usually die from other causes, like another stroke; do they fall and break a hip and die in the hospital; does the vascular condition itself (lack of blood flow to the brain) somehow do them in? Mom's side of the family tends to live to be about 90, and as much as I dread her dying, even more I dread her living on getting worse and worse (and, eventually, running out of money: assisted-living and private-duty nurses cost an obscene amount of money!). Thanks, in advance, for any advice or info.