“There’s something wrong with Mother,” I said to my two brothers and my sister. “It’s Alzheimer’s or dementia. She is out of her mind.”
“She just doesn’t talk much any more.”
“She never did answer a question directly.”
“She’s OK. She’s not harming anyone or setting fire to the house.”
These were the answers my two brothers and my sister gave me when I would bring up the topic of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. No one wanted to think that a family member could be, well, out of her mind.