My father has been developing dementia for some time, but over the last year he has gotten much worse. I was in denial until recently and looking back he has been forgetful and having to leave notes all over his house for a few years. He has over the last year had a rapid decline and his short term memory is all but gone. He doesn't understand complicated matters or much of what you are trying to explain to him in general. He can forget things in a matter of seconds , but other things he may remember for days. Its so hard to understand how this disease works. He also doesn't sleep well at night and has started having violent nightmares. Has anyone else noticed their loved one having these issues? My father had uncontrolled diabetes and has severe COPD that the Doctors think caused his dementia. He also has a family history of alzheimers. He seems to be getting worse and knows he has something wrong and doesn't want to live like this anymore. Its been a very rapid decline this year for him. I know that its impossible to predict and there are certain stages of the disease, but does anyone have any idea how rapid this can progress and how long of a life the patient may have left?
No. Professionals may be able to guess at some ranges, but each case is different and there really is no accurate way to predict how long any phase will last. I wish I could give you a formula, but I think we each have to take this one day at a time. Sorry.
From what you have written, it sounds like your father has progressed at a normal pace up until recently and that too is normal. I suggest you have your father evaluated by a geriatric physician who specializes in the care of the elderly. From there it may go to seeing a neurologist especially if you need a diagnosis of mental incapacity to activate a DPOA so you can make decisions and take over the care of his finances. This is not easy and my heart goes out to you as you and your father continue this journey together. Hugs to you!!