'Terrible time'

BBC News 

As figures show dementia has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, Susie Hewer recounts the "surreal" and "distressing" way the condition affected the last eight years of her mother's life. Peggy Walton was 81 when she was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 1997. The condition, the UK's second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, is caused by problems affecting the supply of blood to the brain. Recounting the experience, Mrs Hewer, 59, said her mother "was as bright as a button and very fit and active when she first came to live with us, so it was a complete shock when she had a series of mini strokes. "When we first went to the doctor he said, 'It's just old age catching up with her - senile dementia.'