My Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's one year ago, and she has declined significantly since then. My Father is the primary carer, but I am very involved, too. Mother has a multitude of other health issues that confuse matters, including spinal stenosis, COPD, and significant hearing loss. She is resistant & noncompliant, and I cannot imagine what is ahead of us. I know that she is frightened and depressed. I should admit this: We have never had an affectionate relationship, but I am here for the duration nonetheless. I stayed with her over the week-end while my Father was away. Really, he needed a break. Last night she left the water running in the bathroom sink, so there was a minor flood. I doubt she ate 300 calories over the three days. She doesn't want to take meds. If this is "early stage, " what comes next? This is my observation: Some of the behaviors are not new; it is what I have seen for a lifetime, but on MiracleGro. She has always had hoarding tendencies, but it is out of control. She refuses to let go of anything. She accuses my Father of going through her things. And tonight I bought her first box of Depends because she has had diarrhea so badly she has no clean underwear. She refuses to let us put hers in the wash because she doesn't want us to see that she soiled them. Is there ever a period where things level out, where it is more manageable? I am sorry if I am whiney, but I really do not know where to take this.