Hi, my mum has been diagnosed with AD she is now 64yrs old. A real lady, never smoked, drank alcholol and worked hard all of her life. She is now at the stage of moderate/extreme AD and has been prescribed Aricept for 18mths @ 10mg, in addition to this she is also has what we call calming tablets together with sleeping aids (Tamazipan). She is cared for 24/7 by my Dad with the support of my sisters and myself. She does not have the ability to relax as her concentration level is really low and she wants constant attention which makes it hard at times for us all. The thing that I find the hardest after getting over the initial shock of this cruel disease is the not knowing how she is feeling one example is today where she had a small fit she told me she had had a lovely day! which is nice because in her world she has not suffered any pain however when she is in pain for whatever reason we are aware due to the agitation that she shows but unaware of what is wrong because she cannot explain this. Her only answer is that she needs the toilet which happens 20 times a day she seems to have a fixation with the toilet - we are fine with this because she still has both her bladder and bowel control. I was wondering if anyone else has experience of this non text book style AD.