Back history: My father is 65 years old. I know that isn't elderly by any means, but he has several health problems. He has macular degeneration, COPD, epilepsy, and a year ago he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, from which he is recovering, but has a stent in his throat.
I am his primary caretaker and POA. I take him to almost all of his appointments, as his macular degeneration took away the ability to drive years ago.
What's going on:
I think my father, while still young, my be suffering from dementia? I know it can be brought on by stress and he is under tons of stress.
1. My father will forget things he needs to do. While I am both my parents primary caretaker, I do not live with them. He makes sure Mom has her meds and he has his meds in the morning. Ill come over and find it wasn't done.
2. He forgets things ALOT... Ill be talking to him and he wont remember what happened 20 minutes ago, or an hour ago, or yesterday...
3. He calls people by the wrong name. He refers to me as my daughter or my mother, he called my youngest son his nephews name (who is older then me) , he calls my mom "Mom" which he has never done before. He calls my brother my husbands, or sons name. He calls my husband my son's or brother's name...
The help I need:
My Dad is very sensitive. He gets upset for little reason. I am afraid if I approach the topic with him he will get upset at me. As well, I think if we are at one of his DR. appointments and I bring it up he will be upset. How do I do this? Any help?