Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimers mid 2013. She has declined rather quickly and even more so in the past 3 mths. Mums sisters and brother, and a few other family members rarely visit and see her 2 or 3 times a year if that. Two of her siblings refuse to beleive she has AD, and it's just old age. The others agree but don't realise how bad it is, despite telling them. Often commenting on that she just repeats herself on the phone, and otherwise seems fine. On any social occasion it is always me that makes sure Mum has clean clothes on or a new outfit. Hair done and nails painted, and of course everyone remarks on how great she is looking. Little do they know, if it was up to Mum she would look like a bag lady. 2 weeks ago, my husband, children and I managed to go on holiday for a week, and my sister took Mum & Dad away to her holiday home. The strange surroundings ( despite being there several times before) and being out of routine has had a dramatic effect on Mum. Amongst other ramblings, she asked my sister who her grandchildrens mother was, ( my children). On returning home she did not recognise her own house and asked where she was sleeping and where the loo was. She is OK now after a few days back, but just in case she has had urine/blood tests done. It appears that it is this, that has made Mums family sit up and finally take a bit of notice!