My Dad was diagnosed with AD four years ago. Sometimes my Mom and I discuss his symptoms, and she realizes that he exhibited some of them for years in ways that didn't really adversely affect his life, but that they are magnified now with his Alzheimer's. For example, my Dad was never good with directions or finding a location, even with a map. He didn't know east from west, or north from south. My Mom always had to be the direction-giver while traveling. My Dad was always a great driver, but for the decade leading up to his diagnosis he was slowly declining in this area. Dad never liked to read. He slept a lot in his easy chair. He was never a social person. For years, after never caring about what came in the mail, he began waiting on the mailman and had to be the first person to get to the mailbox. He'd go through everything before my mom could even look at it. If they didn't get any mail he thought the mailman lost it or kept it for himself. He was the same way about telephone calls. (Paranoid about both, I guess.) Now he's back to the point where he couldn't care less about either the mail or telephone calls; yet at the same time he worries that the phone doesn't work and makes me check for a dial tone every day when I visit. I've read that its possible to look back over the years and notice things like this, without ever really noticing them when they're actually happening, and now seeing that the AD patient began having symptoms long before they were really noticeable. I hope I'm making sense. Has anyone else here looked back and can now see how their loved one's AD has progressed?