I need to respond to your essay on Alzheimers... This really hit home for me. My Mother was diagnosed with A.D. 9 years ago.... Thanks to the care from my Sister and my Mom's strong will, she has been kept in good health and almost frozen within the stage of A.D. where she knows who we are, kept walking all over the nursing home constantly (they wanted to put a meter on her to see how far she really walked each day), was always the first to get up and start clapping and dancing if someone played music, always smiling, laughing and loving people, wanting to go out all the time... Of course she could not shower alone, dress herself, toilet herself, etc... however, the rest was enough. Right up until Christmas of 2006 - the next day she fell at the nursing home and instantly my Mom was taken over by the A.D. demon.... As soon as they attempted to help her up off the floor she became combative, spitting, biting, kicking, hitting, pinching and cursing everyone out. This wonderful woman whom everyone loved, all the aides and nurses always told us she was her favorite resident. darn!! How fast that changed. Since December 31st she has been sent to a crisis center in an ambulance 4 times!!! Restrained by wrists, legs and chest to keep from hurting someone or herself. She cries all the time now. Cries out for Mama. She has been dehydrated, lost 20 pounds from not eating. So what do they do?? The nursing home keeps her drugged as they cannot handle her. My Sister and I arrive at 5 to 6 PM each evening with food to be sure she is eating, and to get her up walking around as she tries so hard to get up out of the geriatric chair just to walk .... They try to feed her, if she does or does not eat they then drug her up, by the time we get there, we have to struggle to get food and liquids down her, which is scary as I am afraid she may choke. We cannot even attempt to get her up and walking.