My 86-year-old mother has dementia but loves her dementia day centre which she attends 5 days a week. However, she developed pneumonia a couple of weeks ago and was taken to ER by ambulance and was put on antibiotics. It was also noted that she had a 2.1 block and we were told that a pacemaker would need to be fitted. However, now that she is almost over her pneumonia the doctors are beginning to back out of the pacemaker with excuses that she has dementia and is elderly which I find discriminating and horrifying as we were originally told that this 2.1 block would definitely change and could kill her as they do not consider it worth resusitating a dementia patient whose heart stops as they said it is not usually successful. I was extremely angry with this weekend doctor as now we are living in fear of when it is going to change if she does not have a pacemaker. She obviously does not want to die and does not fully understand the procedure which is supposedly fairly safe and although I have explained it to her when she has a lucid moment and she agrees with having a pacemaker fitted, she momentarily forgets what it is all about and this forgetfulness is what doctors seem to be relying on. Once nurse said that it is not such a dramatic procedure and there are a few ways to anaesthetise her without it being a general anaesthetic which I was worried about. Then today another hospital staff said that fitting of pacemakers in dementia patients is not very successful and has many complications such as infection etc so my response was that perhaps doctors can't be much good then! I am furious with their attitude but will know more tomorrow when I speak to the consultants I hope. Has anyone else experienced this kind of discrimination towards elderly dementia patients? My mother is forgetful and impatient but did have a quality of life within her means and now is depressed in a hospital dreaming of getting out and seeing her friends. Since being in the hospital for over a week now she cannot walk very far and gets breathless and is sometimes dizzy as she gets up which is going to make her an invalid without a pacemaker and waiting to die.