Dad is 84 this year. I'm wondering if he's got early alzheimers.
He seems to have a few of the symptoms they say are signs. i.e. sleeps a lot, once in a great while doesn't understand a word he should know, some short-term memory problems, getting more incontinent (urine leakage) lately and changes in palette taste.
I asked the VA about it and they suspected he might have a bad urine tract infection. Turns out he does and they told me with older people that an infection can cause problems with consciousness levels. i.e. waking up from a dream and thinking it really happened.
The problem I'm having at the moment is his mind fabricated this memory that he has a new girlfriend he met at UF Shands eye clinic where they're treating his eye problems. Supposedly a nurse that works there. Claims that she's visited our home and I've met her, claims she called the other morning and when I checked his phone the last calls was 3 days before.
He seems to be mad at me for it. I guess he's mad because either he thinks I'm trying to sabotage his 'relationship' or because I don't believe him.
He can still use logic to a degree but when I try to explain what is probably happening to him he get's irritated/mad.
His generation seems to equate dementia with crazy and can't or won't understand it's physical.
How can I deal with this?
Do they ever have a stretch where they understand what is really happening?