My mom’s condition is deteriorating and now she doesn’t recognize family members most of the time. Sometimes she’ll recognize me for an hour in the morning but that is all. She is 75 and started having symptoms of Alzheimers about 10 years ago. When she asks me who I am, I tell her I am her daughter and she starts to cry because she doesn’t understand why she doesn’t know me. She asks why nobody told her she has children. She has a hard time accepting that I am who I say I am. She doesn’t recognize herself or any of us in photos so showing her photos doesn’t help. Should I lie and tell her something else (what??) so my answer doesn’t cause her so much emotional anguish? I don’t live with my parents and the hardest part is that when she doesn’t recognize my dad she gets scared and tries to make him leave the house. She gets very upset when he says he’s her husband. What should my dad do when she gets scared and tells him he needs to leave because she doesn’t know who he is? She can’t be left alone but her reaction to a strange man in her house is reasonable; I would tell a person to leave my house if I was there alone and didn’t know them. Especially a man!