My mum has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's but we've known there was something wrong for a while (over 12 months), it just didn't have a name it does now. She is 66 years young. She's given up driving because she things it's the right thing to do but can't be sure!! We know as we look after the keys now. No stage given or time limit just a slow slide we were told. But it doesn't actually give us many answers. I want to know should I get tested to see if I have gene that may make my chances of getting it higher, should my mum? My memory is appalling and I won't be working for much longer. I'm intending to retire as soon as possible especially if my life is going to be cut short by a disease I could have before I'm actually due to retire. My mum is at the stage where she can still look after her self but won't cook or clean. The telephone is a challenge...she still remembers to feed the dog but is never sure if she has had breakfast or not. She tires easily and can nod off at the table, just want to know how long it will be when she'll forget who I am and who the man who loves her my dad may not be able to cope any longer. Are there any good support mechanisms out there to help her enjoy life to the full?? Happiness I think is the key to her future.