My father is 79 and has always been very patient, kind and empathetic of others. In the last year he has become the total opposite: impatient, becomes angry easily. He has also begun saying inappropriate things to others that can be very hurtful. From what I have learned it sounds like perhaps early onset of Alzheimer's or Dementia. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, so my first instinct is to talk to him and explore these behaviors in an attempt to get a better understanding of what is doing on, and if he is aware of the changes. However, I don't know if this is the right thing for me to do. I never expected this to happen, and I am completely unprepared. I a m concerned he is going to become more aggressive as times goes by, and he is becoming verbally demanding of my mother, and making her nervous. How should I proceed? Should I seek out a professional who can help? If so, what type of professional?
I am a counselor, but don't have experience with elder concerns.
I appreciate some guidance!