My lovely Mum has Alzheimer's. At present, she is functioning reasonably well at home with the help of my Dad.
She is currently visiting us for a long weekend, so Dad can have a break, and I am struck by how she has absolutely no memory whatsoever of any recent event/conversation. She has also forgotten all the hospital appointments she has attended over the last 2+ years, and all conversations with doctors/family about her Alzheimer's. She and I talked in depth for several hours last night, and I talked her gently through what was going on for her, as she had no idea. She was cross that "no one had told her (sic)" - I assured her that this wasn't the case, but we ended up on a revolving conversation for two hours, as she can't remember what I have just said.
We have just been through the same conversation again for a couple of hours tonight - she said she had no idea that she had Alzheimer's and no recollection of our talk last night. She said she is glad that I am talking to her about her illness, but in light of her forgetfulness, I am not sure that I am doing the right thing. I feel totally exhausted and emotionally drained, and knowing that she will almost certainly have no idea about our conversation in the morning leaves me asking what the right thing to do is..