I said, “Do you say what’s wrong? Do you tell a person, ‘Well, you have Alzheimer’s?” They said unless they ask you a direct question, you don’t say that. You kind of skirt around it because they know at first they’re having trouble remembering … they write themselves notes because they can’t find things, or they start having trouble doing the bills. But honestly, it’s been my experience that most of them aren’t aware.
When my dad went through the stage when he had the paranoia and the fearfulness, I remember the director … she said, “This is a really hard stage of the disease right now because he knows there’s something wrong. But he doesn’t really know what it is. He just feels there’s something wrong.” And she said, “It’s harder almost on him than it is on you.” But she said, “In a little while, it’ll be harder on you, because he won’t know. He won’t remember. He won’t realize there’s anything wrong. But he’ll be a lot worse and you’ll see it.”