I believe my father to be in stage 6d Alzheimer's. He is 91, lives with my aunt (90) in an independent living situation. He broke his hip on Easter. When through surgery, he couldn't be left alone in hospital, didn't know where he was or why he was there.
Last summer I talked to his doctor about his loss of memory. Doc said Alzheimer's. Daddy sundowned big time. Though he was still a politician in DC and was in a hotel. He would ask when his driver was coming to pick him up. Aunt said he was just pulling our leg. When I asked for a diagnosis by someone (a geriatrician) I was told no. Aunt has POA and POHC. Daddy now gets lost going to the dining hall, can't read menu, (he can read symbols, like the M in McDonalds) occasionally wets him self. Spends most of his time napping. Great at Jeopardy. He really reminds me of a 4 year old. Needs help with most daily tasks. Could he be just pulling our legs like my aunt thinks? I can't think that any grown man would want his daughter changing him and cleaning him. Aunt thinks he is just spoiled. He is great at politician glad handing. (Great to see you. I see you love soup too. What is your favorite kind? What is your secret ingredient/technique to making a great tomato soup? Roasting the tomatoes first! I'll have to try that! Any particular kind of tomatoes? Ones with green shoulders! ) This is why my aunt thinks he is "just fine" I think this is a skill that will be with him until he dies. How can I see 6d Alzheimers and my aunt see nothing?