Oh CarrieV, your Dad certainly is a saint. Your Mum sounds very like my own mother when she was officially diagnosed about 18 months ago. Not being able to tell the timeis a known symptom and using the hoover involves remebering how to switch it on. (My Mother stopped using anything 'with buttons';washing machime, oven, hoover,microwave, tv etc. about 3 years ago come to think of it.) Up until her 'diagnosis, she was still walking to the shops and doing her own shopping. But hearing the term 'Alzheimer's, even if she doesn't remember it, just took all the life out of her. Like my own Mother who's seen a number of relatives with end-stage Alzheimer's, your Mother must understanably be frightened about the prospect. Take care and come here for support when you need it.