Great info Quilpusha
The more this is brought out in the open the better and like everyone who's posted I think Terry is doing brilliant work in the mainstream media in bringing up the 'profile' of the condition.
With mental conditions there's a lot of misinformation, fear and prejudice and often sufferers have little support outside of their families as most people have little understanding of the various illnesses and their efffects. With early onset Alzheimers, as it implies, people won't look 'old' and so their behaviour is viewed as scarily odd - you get far more consideration if you're visibly 'afflicted'.
Tony - I'm a fellow chronic depressive although I'm judged as 'incapable' rather than 'disabled' having managed to work for 5 years when I finally admitted I had a big problem and started on the anti-depressants. So 'they're' determined I'm going back into the job market eventually, except I'm not 'cos that's mostly the reason why I'm depressed and I'll give it 6 months tops before I 'burn out' again if I do have to go back
I know I will 'cos this has been happening since I was 15....