I think that because my son understands trying so hard and not getting something, he understands better the frustrations my dad faces.
But it still frustrates the heck out of me when family still don't understand. When AD patients get "fixed" on one thing (i.e. accusing caregivers of things they didn't do, remembering just certain things, etc.), their memory is extraordinary for them. With my son, when he finds something he likes to do, he does exceptionally well. He remembers things I couldn't, that's for sure. When his mind is set on something, that's all he can think and talk about. The same goes for my dad. The only difference is with my son, it's usually things he's exited about, things he loves. With my dad, it's anyone's guess. Could be good. Could be bad depending I guess on the day and mood.
Right now, my son is doing ok in school. He volunteers at our local tv station through a class he's taking at school. He's helping the teacher with the class because my son has been working at the tv station for two years and the teacher just started with the class last August. My son is working with a theater group out of a major midwestern city. He's been an extra on a film that's set to come out next year. He's worked in exchange for acting classes but his real passion is behind the camera.
I know I'm bragging
but I'm just so happy my son was blessed with a talent and lucky enough to realize at a young age what it was. And yet some of my in-laws still want to write him off as lazy. The boy is working on the weekends from 9:30am till midnight and Thursdays from 4:30pm-10pm and Fridays from 4:30pm-midnight. And he's going to school full time.
But then again these same relatives still think my dad "isn't that bad off".
So I guess I should just take their words with a grain of salt.