I'm reading a lot of people have loved ones with vascular dementia and the symptoms sound almost the same as Alzheimer's. Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's by a very bad doctor who didn't care, no tests were done, just a few questions and based on things we told her she did. Now I am wondering if she could have vascular dementia rather than Alzheimer's. The question is, how is one determined over the other? Are there tests by a specialist? Another question is, Mom is 100, can anything really be done medically for her for either diagnosis (except an antidepressant - to treat depression she has had for the past 25 years anyway). Based on what I have read, it is really too late for Aricept, and at 100 years old and 95 pounds, sounds like the risk of side effects is not worth it, nor will it bring back her memory.) Is it worth it to go through finding another doctor, tests, etc just for a correct diagnosis at her age? Would it make her life any better in any way?
I'm assuming that vascular dementia (used to be called hardening of the arteries of the brain 50 years ago, I think) is blockage. Since Mom has always been skinny, almost anorexic, has low blood pressure and low cholesterol all her life, what are the odds she would have VDementia? If she has it, is there a treatment?