Hello everyone! My father was diagnosed with early stages of dementia a few months ago and I would really like some advice that I can share with my mom. My mom is his full time caregiver and is in complete denial that he is in the early stages of Dementia/Alzheimer's. Some days he acts completely normal and other days he acts helpless and does not communicate. On Mother's Day he didn't talk to anyone and just sat in one seat the entire time while the rest of our family moved around and talked with everyone else. He also rubs his hands a lot and picks at his head where he forms scabs and infections. They can't heal because he is constantly picking at his head. He stays up really late at night (2 in the morning) and doesn't get out of bed until 1 pm which is something he never used to do. Dad doesn't do anything anymore and can barely take care of himself. Mom says that he is lazy, but I don't know if she's right. He remembers names and places pretty well, but he acts so feeble that it kills my mom. He has been retired for almost 8 years and literally took the term "retirement" very seriously lol. My mom doesn't know how to help him because he acts so normal some days, but on other days it's like he is a different person. We want to help him in any way we can, but we don't know where to start or who to talk to. I think he is also experiencing some form of anxiety because when he is around a lot of people it's like he shuts down completely and gets nervous. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Also, I don't live at home anymore so it's hard for me to help in the way I think is best.