My AD was caught very early(MCI),in 1998.I was 58,but would have been DX at 56 if I had gone back to the Neuro after the 1st.MRI.
I still drive,don't get lost,still enjoy a full life,or most of it.I'm now 63,soon to be 64.My motivation is not good,noises bother me greatly,I rarely get hungry,but if we go out I can see what I want then I eat better.I don't cook anymore,afraid I'll leave the burners on(gas.) I'm very aware of everything that goes on with me,but when stressed I don't know flip.lol.I saw my MRI(2) Atrophy is more pronounced in my second one.The Plaque & tangles are not quite in the middle of my brain,just one spot,so feel fortunate at that.
I'm on the internet most of the day,helping others on boards,or chats,at least I try.
Most people think when we get AD we deteriate at an accelerated speed,some do,some don't.There are different forms of dementias,& about 50 or more diseases that cause dementia.
I have several friends with AD who have written books.
Someone To Show Me the Way to go Home
"Larry's Way" both written by Larry Rose
"Love Me,My Life Turned Upside Down by Alzheimer's" written by Jeaane L.Lee.Both at Barnes&Noble.
Some people still don't believe I have AD,but that's their problem,Wish I didn't but I refuse to cry over spilt milk.
I've never been in denial,I'm facing this with a positive attitude.