I need input / guidance regarding my Mother "83 yrs old", diagnosed with Alzheimer's / Dementia and sibling complications. I do not even know where to begin, as this is so complicated... however, I need help from those who are currently, or have experienced a similar situation to what I am currently experiencing. I will try to be brief, yet as detailed as possible. About 10 years ago, Mom was diagnosed with Leukemia, however, she is still alive after a lot of chemo and prayer. The Leukemia was in remission for years and then about 1 1/2 years ago it resurfaced. It appears that it was this last bout of chemo that affected her memory, well, at least that is what my siblings and I believe. Mom was different... she was a woman who lived for her children (there are 5 of us, ages 48 to 63, two girls / three boys and 11 Grandchildren), a very loving, caring, nurturing Mom who talked to her children daily, especially my younger brother, who I will refer to as S, and I. The oldest, my sister, who I will refer to as K, was a bit more independent, however, still close to Mom. My two older brothers, who I will refer to as, T & W, were always Mom's heartache... Lot's of drugs... jail... inability to support themselves... very needy. In fact my brother W, lived with Mom and our late Step Father with his two sons... never paying a dime, or lending to the household in a positive way. I guess one could say that he was and still is a burden on the family (now lives in his son's basement) and society... in and out of prison spanning 35 years. After our Step Father passed, Mom's beautiful home turned into a drug house... strangers in and out / girlfriends moved in... it was awful. The photo's I have, which we took of Mom's home prior to having to gut it (my childhood home) are devastating, these photo's were taken in 2007. Years prior to this, Mom feared for her safety, so she packed a suitcase and moved in with my younger brother S, where she remained for almost seven years. During these years, the house became close to unlivable, but Mom insisted that W could live there, as she feared that he would not have anywhere to live. Unfortunately, Mom was on a very tight budget, collecting only social security... so she paid her mortgage and S paid all utilities... her cell phone and her auto insurance (for 7 years). I paid Mom's health insurance... flew her from Chicago to Los Angeles (where I lived) at least two times per year... I took her on numerous trips with me... gave her money... purchased clothes / makeup and paid her mortgage on several occasions when she could not... My older sister also paid her mortgage and helped Mom from losing her home at one point by helping her to refinance. All of this primarily due to my needy brother W, and her fear of what might happen to him. Of course there is so much more detail, however that is the gist. Now, fast forwarding to a year ago, shortly after her last bout of chemo and after 3 different doctors diagnosed Mom with mild to moderate dementia, Brother W kidnapped her. Now mom always had a soft spot and or weak spot for him, perhaps it was because he was a mess / needy and Mom likes to be needed. Since Mom is not in her right frame of mind due to the Dementia... she is very, very easily influenced... so W begins to brainwash Mom... and before we knew it, he closes her bank account, which my brother S was on with her for 10 plus years and managing all her bills. W then takes her social security, using the money at the local casino, and paying for his personal bills, thus defaulting on almost all of Moms bills, he take power of attorney and because he cannot drive legally (lost his license years ago), Mom is his chauffeur (an 83 year old woman!). Somehow, W got another Doctor to reavaluate Mom and this new Doctor states that she does not have dementia... Mind you, 3 Doctors diagnosed her with Alzheimers / Dementia, the one Dr. is the head of neurology at Northwestern University. Mom had to take a driving test in June of this year, and she failed... her license was revoked, however, W told her that she passed and is still letting her drive. Now, to add insult to injury, the manipulator that W is, coerced my oldest brother T and they are now both in cahoots. They will not allow Mom to see, or talk to K, S, or I. In fact, they will not even allow Mom to speak to her 81 year old sister, whom she is very close with. I reached out to the local police and the county / state elderly guardianship program and the long of the short, their hands are tied because they said that Mom is happy being with W and his family and she is okay not talking to her three other children (K, S and I)... the very three that she was always the closest to. The state elder program said that the only thing that we can do is hire an attorney, at the tune of $10,000.00 plus, in an effort to gain guardianship. What a mess... And, why have a state run entity, when they cannot intervene due to state laws?