I know that Alzheimers is different for everyone, but does anyone have experience of this?
My mother is 79 and has had declining memory for at least 10 years that I have noticed (we live a long way away and don't see her often, so it may have been declining before then but not obviously). Her short-term memory is now under a minute. She has recently gone into a care home, and does not recognise me.
On the other hand, mum looks nearer 69 than 80 and is still upright in bearing, washes, dresses and feeds herself, sleeps through the night, is not incontinent, speaks normally and can converse with others. It's like she is exactly the same person, but with no memory, which is quite bizarre. A stranger seeing her would not pick up on anything unusual at all.
I am wondering what will happen. Surely mum cannot carry on like this for her normal life span? She is physically robust and - dementia apart - could probably reach 100 quite easily. All the information on Alzheimers suggests a gradual decline of all the faculties at each "stage" - but mum seems to have reached the final stages in terms of memory but barely the early stages in everything else. Is there likely now to be a sudden and severe decline, or just more of the same for years to come?