I'm Kathryn, I'm 22, I'm new to the forum, have never done this before (so genuine apologies for the lack of awareness of how to write on these things).
Basically, my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in December of last year following a few years of worsening memory problems. He's 58 which is obviously not a totally rare age to get Alzheimer's disease, but still devastating as you can imagine.
To be honest, I'm not really coping with it but that's not why I'm here - it's not about me, I just really want to be there for my mum and dad.
The reason I came upon this website, and this forum, is that I'm worried about my mum and dad's future. My sister and I have always dreamed of one day buying them a property somewhere sunny where they can escape to, but since this diagnosis it has become increasingly apparent that this will never happen. My mum is doing her absolute utmost to pretend everything is fine, but when she and I sit down and chat together, the truth comes out about how many times dad asked the same questions/odd things he's done during the day/his general confusion. It really makes me so sad, and i wish there was something i could do to make their lives better.
I was just wondering if anyone had any comments on what they would like their children to act, or if there was anything they wished their children would understand about their diagnosis.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.