Interview 52

Deterioration was gradual over 14 years. Day care was gradually increased. Hospitalised when he became ill and then went into residential care where he was happy. Difficult for his wife as they had been married 74 years. She is now also in residential care.

Describes how he at least was not aware that his father had ever actually been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Learning to avoid conflict when someone denies knowing something you know for certain they have been told.

Considers whether there is ethically any alternative to the massive expense of care for his parents.