My mother and father who live with me have declined considerably in the past three weeks. First my mother, who was my father primary caregiver, has become ill and cannot attend to my father as before. My father has severe dementia and requires constant care because he cannot do anything for himself. I work full time but have nurses and aides come to the house. My father does not like getting out of bed in the morning. MY mother usually got him up eventually but now she can no longer do this, so I have tried to get him up. On two occasions he has yelled at me and told him he was going to punch me if I did not get out of the room. Today, he came at me and hit me with his pajama bottoms and told me to get out of his room. It was a shocking display that I have never encountered. I do not want to be in this situation again. The social worker said that he senses that his routine has changed and he does not know how to respond other than to lash out. I really don't know what to do. Taking care of one elderly parent is hard but dealing with two is impossible. Any help you can give me would certainly be appreciated. I know he has a disease but experiencing the anger and vitriol is unsettling.