One issue we have struggled with my mother who has AD that when we go out for meals or prepare meals at home she has no ability comprehend the time it takes between placing an order and receiving food at your table or at home between starting to prepare food and then sitting and eating it. Obviously she is not understanding the elapse of time and realising that say if you order say a Sunday roast in a pub you would not expect it to appear for say 5-10 minutes. We did notice that when out as an extended family we were able to calm her down by getting her to do some colouring in like her 4 yr old grandchild who was also present and a bit bored at the table. Has anyone got any techniques that work in the situation were you are waiting for things eg in a doctor's surgery or a restaurant to keep someone occupied? I find I tend to resort to scolding her and saying "don't be so anxious" or "t has only been a few minutes" This achieves little. Is it best to perhaps bring a magazine or something?