My Dad was diagnosed with AD about 4 years ago. He began with hallucinations and has progressed to a point where he has very little dexterity -- needs help getting dressed, has problems with silverware, needs help going to the bathroom, etc. One day he'll know what the straw in his water bottle is, the next day he can't find it even though he's looking right at it. He has severe sundowning. My Mom told me that today, when she took him to his room to watch the news after lunch, he told her that he'd never been in that room before. Today after dinner when I was visiting, I took him back to watch the news (the only thing he watches any more) and he stopped at the threshold of the room and said "I guess they took my room away from me". When I told him it WAS his room he seemed surprised. At the same time, Dad's memory seems pretty clear about events and people from 50 years ago! He'll come up with something even my Mom hasn't thought of in years. I know that the stages of AD differ among people. Are there others out there that have loved ones with AD who can still remember the distant past with clarity but have trouble with the present?