My MIL has been diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. She is on a combination of drugs which keep her on a pretty good level at this time. However, she wants to sleep the day away. She is alert in the evenings and then sleeps all night. She has a pretty sharp mind which has surprised me given her diagnosis. I understand this is a progressing step down disease which levels off from time to time. I guess we in a leveling off faze at this time. I can wake her to eat and take her medicine but she goes right back to sleep. Between 4-5 pm she becomes alert and actively takes part in conversations, etc. Is this normal? I have been trying to research as much as I can about the disease but I am being thrown off by how much memory (long and short term) she seems to have. MRI'S have confirmed the existence of the disease. She also has Chronic COPD (emphysema), an enlarged heart, neuropathy in her legs among other things. I can use all the support I can get. I have only been dealing with this since Nov 08 when she came to live with us. I am frustrated but don't want to take my frustration out on her or my husband. Can anyone enlighten me more on this disease and what I can expect in the future. Thanks
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