Hi everyone, just found this site and after a bit of advice. My mum, 78, has had memory problems and confusion the last 2-3 years. An MRI Scan showed athlerosclerosis and brain shrinkage. At the memory clinic she gets 28/30 on the mini mental test and her dr says she has vascular dementia so has not put her on an drugs for alzheimers. However her short term memory has nearly gone completely. She never knows where shes been or what shes had for lunch. Like many other people on here I am up the wall and worried that the aricept could be helping her but shes not being given it.
has anyone got any idea how to distinguish between the two? (I know medics say they overlap anyway and it doesn't really matter). But i would like to know. As i said her symptoms are drastic, short term memory loss, she doesn't go wondering, no personality change, still dresses nice with make up. Any advice from anyone with experience? Thanx.