This was one of the saddest conversations I have ever had. My dad is a very well educated man and has been very successful in his professional life. He now finds himself in this terrifying new world of "dementia". He is just sick enough to know that he is sick, which is a horrible place to be. I'm not sure how to get him across the bridge. As sad as it makes me, I realize that once he is further down the path, he won't be so terrified and tormented. I just have no idea how to help comfort him. He knows that he's not going to get better. The only thing that I've been able to think of to tell him when his mind goes to dark places was that if he was thinking something that made him feel scared and afraid, it wasn't real. He's currently in a skilled nursing facility after being in the hospital after a terrible fall. I wrote a letter for him to keep by his bed telling him that he was safe, that the bad things weren't real and that I loved him. I don't know what else to do.