There have been many occasions when members on TP have reflected that, when seeing consultants etc, they can't quite remember when this or that happened with their loved one who has dementia. It is a very good idea to keep notes right from the start, or even from any point in the development of the illness, both for the medics, but also for oneself. Over time the form and amount of detail may change. As an example, I have included below some extracts from my diary of the development of dementia in my wife Jan. The first is actually retrospective as she had no other symptoms [that were enough to notice, anyway] for a further 6 years. By 2000 I had started to add my own comments and feelings to the diaries. It helped me then [no TP to talk to!] and helps me to understand my situation now, when I look back. I believe it is extremely important to note as much as possible, just in case it is useful to someone - the doctors, you yourself, family, in understanding what is going on, maybe even researchers at some time. I'm on page 354 of our diary at present.