I took my 3 year old to dinner at a local pancake place... that kid's a freak for pancakes for dinner!! Anyway, were were seated next to a woman in her 40s and her mom, probalby in her 70s. The mom was obviously in some state of dimentia, maybe alzheimer's but who knows. The woman told her mom a story and her mom laughed. It seemed like they were having fun. Then 5 minutes later the mom asked a question and the woman told the same story again and the mom laughed. Then 5 minutes later the mom asked the same question...... this went on for about 45 minutes. It was both heartwarming to see this woman taking her mom out for dinner and extremely sad to see her mom getting wrecked by this disease. The whole time I kept thinking there was something familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it. We were getting ready to leave when my 3 year old pretty much pointed and yelled "she's like grammy!" and it hit me and I started crying right there in the restaurant. My mom's mother had alzheimer's in her 60s. It really scared my mom so since then she's been doing anything and everything to help prevent dimentia but there's no stopping it. She takes vitamins and exercises and eats right, etc. My mom is now in her late 70s and it hit me when my son said that...mentally my mom is definitely different than she was even 5 years ago. She reads all the time and she loves puzzles and stuff. She can carry on a conversation and ask pointed questions, but I could have the same conversation with her 10 times a day and she'd ask the same questions again and she wouldn't know it. I talked with my dad and he said he noticed it, too, and already took her back to the doctor. They were waiting for the results before they said anything. My dad told me the doctor said something to the effect of "You need to prepare yourself. Her mother had it and it may be that your wife pushed it off as long as she could." I know my dad and he's going to go to more than one doctor and try whatever's available, but the fact that my dad told me the doc said that says he's not sure if there's much else to do. I guess it took my 3 year old to point out what none of us wanted to admit...mom is getting old. This sucks.