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My grandmother had Alzheimers and died in 2000. I remembered her gettting a little strange but the death of my mother, her oldest child really put her around the bend. She was like that until she died at 95 years old.

Other than my aunt, I was the closest relative living nearby. I was not much help. I found it difficult to see a person that was my favorite acting like a total stranger. I wish I could say that I was more help...

She didn't really get the care she deserved but I must say that my aunt did the best she could. She remained in denial until the very end that there was anything wrong with her and that she knew what she was doing. Clearly she didn't. This was one of the reasons why I wasn't much help, I couldn't stand the dynamics of my aunt trying to convince me that grandma was ok and just being stubborn.

In the end, she fell and broke her hip and ended up in a nursing home. Even that was better for me, at least I could see her without a constant struggle.

She died at 95 years old, having suffered from Alzheimers since her mid 80's.

Even then my aunt was talking about bringing her home and buying a van because it was easier to get around and that she would live for many many more years. The nursing home and I reached the conclusion that my grandmother would never be safe at home again.

Now I think my father has it. He certainly has been strange lately. It is either that or dementia.

Here comes round 2.

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