My mother is in a nursing home with close to end-stage Alzheimer's. She has lived there a little over 3 years. We are very close and for the past 11 years since her diagnosis, we have been through A LOT together. She has been wheelchair bound and unable to speak anything other than gibberish (with few, rare exceptions) for about a year. Throughout our ordeal, mom and I have always been able to communicate, to laugh together, to enjoy each other's company. Lately, however, I feel kind of like she's drifting further away. I can't imagine a world without her in it, though I know that day will come. I'm not sure what I'm asking. If anyone has anything helpful or encouraging to say, especially if you've been there, please share. If anyone feels it's their responsibility to inform me that Alzheimer's is progressive and that things will only get worse, please don't share. That's not the kind of "help" I'm looking for right now. Thank you.