My Dad (aged 81) was diagnosed in May following months of appointments with Doctors and specialists who couldn't have been more helpful. He's just started on Aricept - no improvement yet. My mother (aged 72) is driving me round the bend at the moment though as she doesn't seem to have changed her attitude towards my Dad one bit. She never makes allowances for his confusions, she snaps at him, she doesn't seem capable of showing him any kindness. It's almost as though she's in denial. I think her way of dealing with him is detrimental though, yet every time I raise the subject with her she snaps at me and tells me that she is at breaking point. I fear that if her attitude doesn't change, both her and my Dad will be in a very sorry situation. Has anyone any ideas? I've tried to get her to read leaflets on the disease, I've asked her to call the helpline - she says "what for?" She's just not the type of person that responds well to comforting. It's making me so upset as Dad is so much calmer when he's not around her.