I think everybody should pick up the book written by Dr. Lisa Genoa, "Still Alice." " She is a first time novelist, holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's Association. She lives with her family in Massachusetts." Dr. Alice Howland is a fifty year old woman who is the eminent William James Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Over a twenty five year span she produced many flagship touchstones in psycholinguistics. (her husband is equally educated) She is the mother of three children. This novel lets you see what goes on in the one stricken with early on-set Alzheimer's. You see and feel her terror, her thought processes and her inability to fight off this terrifying ailment. This gives you the picture of what the victim is going through and what they are up against. It shows the affect it has on her husband and her three children. She loses everything that she worked so hard for her whole life, and finds out this is Familia Alzheimer's and her oldest daughter carries the gene, It is a story only a person of Lisa Genova's education and experience could write. The movie "Still Alice" with Julianne Moore as Alice and Alec Baldwin is out, I just watched it, it is good, but of course I recommend reading the book, too, it is full of good information the movie could not use. I wish I had found the book four years ago, it is excellent!!! My parents, who are 92 and 93 this year, have dementia, in 2010 I moved back here to help with them. I no sooner got settled when we found my parents had everything stolen by our alcoholic sister and her three adult children, and son-in-law. Her daughter hated the brother who lives here, he was always fighting her to keep her hands off my parents money and their Oxycodone, which she sold. She did not want me here, she and her husband made my life, at 68, at the time, a living hell. I won't go in to how they railroaded my brother and I into jail, being accused of mother beating, she and her husband convinced my mother that I had beat her, too. She told the police, she did not know if I hit, kicked, punched or just shoved her, but I did do something! It was our parents doctor who started the ball rolling, he called the brother who lives here to tell him we needed to do something about our dad's Oxycodone missing. This time, my dad was back after 16 days for a prescription when he had a 30 day supply. When we got hold of their medical records, my dad was doctor shopping all over, he even saw three Drs. at the same clinic, telling one of them he'd get it off the street, if he had to!!! We found out after that that both our parents were suffering from dementia. I think those people knew it, making my parents easy to manipulate. My dad always helped them with money, however he thought they were loans. My mother may have had dementia for a long time, she always had a love, hate relationship with her children. My brother, the conservator, put a no trespass and no contact order on them. I rue the day that I signed conservatorship over to him, though, I didn't know him that well, I hadn't lived here for 47 years, my choice, and didn't realize he and his wife did not intend to let any of this affect their lives with their three homes and granddaughters, nor did my brother who lives here!!! It has been my place to help our parents and keep everything going fine, for three and a half years so they could go on with their lives!!! Our parents lost their Medicaid because of the "give away," the moment my brother sold their house, my mother was unceremoniously put into assisted living, we were notified on a Thursday afternoon the movers were coming at 9:00 AM on Friday. I stayed up all night and hauled every personal thing of my parents to my house. Last summer, my brothers hauled everything out of their basement to the dump, even their food storage, they wouldn't even take it to Loaves and Fishes. Some of it was too old, but they didn't let me separate it. So I am glad I did that, not bad for a 73 year old, out of shape person, but they got their things. My brother and sister-in-law, gave most of the rest to the man who bought the house, they had to get to their home at the lake, they were coming through from Mesa on their way home to go back to the lake!! I could write a book about what happens to one of the most dysfunctional family's I've ever known, when not just one parent, but both have dementia!!! I had to live with our mother for three and a half months while my dad was in extended care, it was hell, she hated me, not understanding what she was dealing with I treated her the way she treated me, in fact, I had told her years back, if she ever treated me the way she did my sister and middle brother, she would get it back! (I am the oldest child of five, four living) Actually it was a good experience being here, I could not have worked out my old baggage and what my dad did to me, and my mother's nastiness, had I not been here. My parents were not educated beyond the eighth grade, it really showed with AZ! My mother and I made our peace, but she was in the home for not three weeks and got struck by the spring loaded door on their lift to upstairs where my parents are. The door automatically swings back, hard, it hit her into the wall, and to the floor, she broke her hip. She has been in extended care for 6 weeks, the manager took my dad to see her only one time, because he thought she left him. I can see her there, but because I was always having to force my brother to do the things he needed to do or sign for, that I had no authority to do, interrupting "his vacation," I have a no trespass on me at the home. (He had told my brother here when hearing that I was moving back, I'd better not try to boss him like I did when we were little, speaking of baggage!!) My brother here, hates my dad, but is doing for our mother, he won't lift a finger for him! What I did by coming here was to walk back into people who are old but have not changed one bit since we were kids!! I have effectively cut them out of my life and feel the better for it. Once my parents are gone, I am leaving this sad place, once again!!!