what has really struck me recently is the different reactions dementia/Alzheimer's gets from people. Some people physically recoil at the mention of dementia type conditions and treat the sufferer totally differently- a bit like a leper! I hate the fact that some people have basically cut off mum and dad since mum became more obviously ill- it's as if they think they might catch it. And yet there is the other extreme,On Saturday my husband was chatting to someone who has known my parents for a long time but hasn't seen them for ages, she asked how they were and P said that mum wasn't great and that we weren't sure exactly what's going on because dad is keeping it all to himself. The woman turned round and said "Och, it's probably just a wee bit dementia", very matter of fact as if she was talking about mum having a cold. I think this person's reaction is probably based on personal experience of someone with dementia.