I am a new member and have just spent some time reading messages from other people in the same position as me, i.e. with a parent with AD. During the past 7 years I have had to cope 'relatively alone' while watching my mother's condition gradually deteriorate. (I was 34 and single when my mother first moved into a home - my father had died when I was 18 - and my older brother only manages to visit about 2-3 times a year). It is therefore wonderful to know that I am not on my own - that there are other people who know exactly what it feels like and experience the same feelings of loss, guilt and frustration. Whilst my partner (who did not know my mother) and my friends can be supportive, it is always a balancing act trying to share my feelings without overburdening them. (Afterall, AD is not a cheerful subject. ) At last I have found people I can talk openly and honestly with. Thank you Alzheimers Society. I look forward to adding my contributions to the discussions.