Today my husband and I visited the memory clinic so that he could get his next prescription for Aricept. It seems that he had scored a little less than last time on the memory test and they thought he was a bit down so have suggested anti depressants. When we went in we were both feeling good - accepting of the situation but taking every day as it comes and trying to make the best of it. Even though he is 20 years older than me he looks very young for his age and we have always faced everything in a positive way. I know he gets depressed from time to time and he does feel down but we deal with this. What upset me today was the way everyone looked at us with such sympathy. I know things will get worse but we work hard at trying to stay positive. He can do almost everything he used to be able to do. He isn't forgetting who I am or who family members and friends are. We go to the theatre, we walk, he does crosswords and so on. I just feel that having to go to the clinic in a hospital for the elderly where he can see people sitting around and then being treated (with the best intentions) as if we're poor souls does nothing for our frame of mind. I know there are no answers to this but I just wanted to get it off my chest! I also wondered if anyone had any ideas that would keep him from getting bored through the day! He has never been particularly sociable (in that he doesn't have close friends) so that he doesn't have people coming round. I work in quite a responsible and sometimes stressful job so I'm sometimes a bit late home. He has no problems in remembering where he lives or anything but he doesn't want to go out to join groups. There's a limit to cleaning and DIY so I think this lack of activity might contribute to his boredom. I think he's afraid to start anything new like painting or writing (he used to write a lot) in case he can't do it. Any suggestions as to what he might do which will make him feel he's occupied in a worthwhile way? Sorry for this rambling message. Thanks for listening.