Lord Simian wrote:
My great-grandmother-in-law has it pretty severely. Of course, she's 97. But still... it's hard to see her and hear about what a strong woman she once was. Anita Tucker was the Postmaster General of Christmas, Florida for FORTY NINE years, or so, while raising 4 kids, usually on her own, as he husband was a cattle-driver!
My great aunt used to come over (for whatever reason, I was coincidentally out of the house, so I didn't see it) and start asking for her parents. This was a woman who was in her late 60s/early 70s at the time (you ask her, she was always 29), asking for her parents...who'd been dead for longer than I'd been alive...quite a bit longer. When she left us, there was a bit of a sigh of relief, because it sucks to see a person you love go through that. You want them to remember the years you played cards together in the summer and whatnot, not believe that the now is 40 years ago in their mind.