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Dear Carol:  My father moved into assisted living several years ago because of his rheumatoid arthritis. A few months back, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so now he’s been moved into their memory care wing. Both of Dad’s parents developed Alzheimer’s so he’s become quite depressed thinking he’ll follow the same path they did. Unfortunately, he seems to be losing ground with his memory very quickly so even though I drive into town every weekend to see him he forgets my visits. He can still read though he can’t remember well enough to read books or articles. Do you think it would be helpful if I left a note after a visit, so he’d remember me by that? To me, that seems like a good idea, but a friend of mine said that it might make him more depressed if he saw the note but couldn’t remember that I had been there. What’s your opinion?  - NK

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