Hi, My mum is in her 80s she suffers from mixed dementia. Her short term memory seems to be deteriorating in chunks. I don't know if this is usual. Two weeks ago she showed me how to use the boiler. This week she could not remember what to do. My sister & i have shown her at least half a dozen times since but she can't retain it. Her long term memory is quite poor too. She repeats about 6 long term memories incessantly. She also has about half a dozen mid term repeat memories, sadly these relate to reputed slights and malicious actions. She builds on these. Recently I have been trying to expand on her long term memory recall by sharing my memories of childhood with her. I am hoping to 'jolt' her into a slightly different thought pattern but she brings it back to her own. Has anyone had any success in increasing engagement? Has it made any difference in day to day living? Any other ideas?