Hi, My dad who is 71 was just diagnosed with advance stage vascular dementia May 4th. He is a diabetic, heart patient, has copd. He has always taken his meds as prescribed. He did however lack at checking his sugar often enough and watching his diet. I started noticing things were off like his gate, posture, memory, strength, coordination. Took him to his primary care doctor and requested a MRI, had just a basic one not a contrast. Came back normal for a man his age per his primary care doctor. I wasn't having it! Knew something wasn't right. Took him and a CD copy of his MRI to a Neurologist, she couldn't believe what she was seeing. He had had so many strokes she couldn't count them. Has 10 holes in his brain and diagnosed him with advance stage Vascular dementia?! Prior to that appointment we didn't know he had one stroke little along too many to count. So my question is how did we go from just thinking something is wrong to advance stage dementia without his pirmary care doctor referring him to ANY specialist? Prescribing any new meds? Had I not requested a MRI would we have EVER found out? It seems like the ball was dropped and sadly its too late. I'm so mad and broken at the same time! All I can say is How was this missed for so many years? No early stage just straight to ADVANCED?! Would appreciate any advise. Thank you!