Desperate attempts to get a diagnosis from the GP finally happened as I knew it would , months worrying that we were all going round the twist except my mother were put in a place I didn't want it to be , but now it's fianlly been said ,Mam has dementia and it's out there. It's been a long time comming and the deterioration of a once brilliant mind has begun. There's only been the three of us , well I have a partner but as he is relatively recent( 4 years )he doesn't count in my Mam's short term memory so he's had it !! My Mam HAS HAD THIS CONDITION FOR YEARS, but as a brilliant mind does, covered it up by listening to conversations and using prompts and questions managed to fool the best of them. Mam is 88 . I am an only child as is my mother my Dad's brother has passed so there is a distinct lack of relatives , never mind my friend one of seven once said I was better off with out them , but I would like someone to talk to know and agin as it was always Mam who listened to my tales of heartache , and woe and good times, ... like I've lost my best mate. No more dancing to Frank Sinatra around the living room !