My dad (70) just had MRI today & will get results Wednesday so I don’t know an official diagnosis yet. He’s been confused for several months on and off but has gotten drastically worse and today was the worst I’ve seen. He has a life partner who lives with him and I see him weekly. Today he was totally off and was talking to people who weren’t there, kept asking to go home, wasn’t sure how far away I lived etc. I’m anxious for Any tips or resources you have learned as far as steps to educate… read more
It might be helpful to ask your doctor about a possible UTI. They manifest quite weirdly in many older people.
I read a book The 36 Hour Day. It was very informative and eye opening. I try to always keep in mind that dementia is more than memory loss. The brain is no longer processing information as it should. They will do things that make NO sense! They will obsess about trivial things and be oblivious to BIG things. It’s easier for me to be patient when I remember that. This journey is difficult and scary for them too.
My father is on Seroquel XR for the same symptoms!!! It has made the biggest difference!!
The most important thing you can do, or maybe the ,life partner you mentioned,
Is power of attorney. This needs to be the person who will be making all important decisions, money, health, everything. Also your father must be cognizant enough to sign the papers giving permisssion. Sounds like he is right on the verge of not being aware enough to do so. If this has already been done, good for you, if not, yesterday is not soon enough. Others will fill you in on other important things. Welcome , glad to have you. DD