1. Our next Q&A session is on the topic of Christmas and dementia.This time we want our Q&A to involve our resident experts, you! Share tips and advice on navigating Christmas here in this thread.

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  1. missie56

    missie56 Registered User

    Jan 30, 2015
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    My mum has been diagnsed with vascular dementia. Could anyone give me an insight as to ways it progresses?
     
  2. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,776
    Salford
    I don't think there is an answer to that question. My Mum went downhill quite quickly but then she was in her late 80's on the other hand my wife has got worse over the last 5 years but (she was diagnosed at 55) at nothing like the rate my mother did.
    People's experiences will differ be wildly that I doubt you'll get anything much out of it, some become aggressive some become more passive, some become introvert some (embarrassingly sometimes) more extrovert. Although there are a lot of things in common each is an individual journey.
    Sorry I can't be more helpful.
    K
     
  3. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,276
    Male
    North Manchester
    Vascular dementia is different to other dementias, it tends to worsen in steps rather than progress at an undefined rate through varying symptoms.

    My wife's consultant said that with non vascular dementia using clinical observations and looking at sequential scans it was possible to make an informed guess as to the future progression but that with vascular dementia this could not be done as 'the disease can go ping - ping to different parts of the brain' (his actual words).
     

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