My mother lost interest in a lot of things
I sometimes compare these changes to toothache. They come, they go away, and then they start coming more often until, at some point, you’re in so much pain that you have to do something about it. That’s what it was like with my mother too. She lost interest in a lot of things. She stopped meeting up with her friends and doing activities she used to do. A lot of small things added up and we felt we had to do something.
I asked a friend of mine who works in medicine to visit us at home. She soon recognized what the problem was and told me what she suspected. My response was: “That’s crazy – just because someone is acting a bit strangely, it doesn’t mean they have Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is where you forget stuff.” I guess I didn’t know anything about the disease at the time.