I got an e-mail from my cousin in Oregon updating me on my aunt (her mom). She said that she was diagnosed with "sundowners" which is a form of dementia. Last I talked with her in July, she was slipping in and out of memories... sometimes coherent of the present, and at other times going back to past memories, even asking me how my dad (her brother) was doing, even though he died in 1997. Short term memory was bad, and she would ask me the same questions alot. She's 90 years old, and her memory of things from her childhood is perfect as if she was still living back at the family place in Ione in the '20s and '30s. I guess she's slipping further and further away from the present, and is often confused now and asking to talk with people who are no longer around including her mom. I guess that evenings and nights are worst as far as drifting away from present reality. Has anyone else dealt with this form of disease before with someone you know? I wonder what it is about evenings and nights that makes it worse. I guess I should research that. What's weirdest is I got the e-mail telling me this morning, and last night I had a strange and very emotional dream last night where it seemed like I was up at the family place (which I am every weekend), only the dream was in the past when all the family members lived there and it seemed so realistic; and I seemed to "know" my grandma on my dad's side who was in the dream as well, even though she died way before I was born. When I got the e-mail telling me what my aunt is always currently asking about, it was an instant connection to what was in my dream. It was a weird feeling when I read that.