I've just joined this discussion group and I find all the comments really interesting, particularly about how people cope and deal with varying situations, other family members etc. I think my Mother is now in the early midle stage of AD, although I realise its difficult to pin-point. She was trialled on Aricept for three months but that caused more problems than it solved, and I really think we "missed the slot" so it didn't really help her anyway. She now has a chance of a trial with Memantine (Ebixa), which apparently has less side effects and works better in the mid to later stages. Just wondered if anyone else had experience of this, as its apparently a new trial drug and not widely used in the UK yet.