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My blind father now has dementia and out of nowhere started to see invisible people and animals that where attacking him and became defensive.

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This is a huge responsibility. I would seek out as much about the condition as possible. This site is great place to get information and learn from other people's experiences.

And Texarkana is right, A good support group would be wonderful. Caring for a dementia patient is very stressful. They may change from day to day and become very resistant to care. You could also start looking at how other families have handled the matter. Sometimes a dementia patient cannot be cared for in the home, unless you have a lot of support. I'd explore the options.

Ensuring his doctor is familiar with treating dementia patients is a plus, as he may know of medications, including antidepressants that might help your dad.
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I am so sorry this has started but it is part of the dementia process.Please get in contact with a support group in your area for caregivers of dementia patients. Maybe call the Red Cross and where you can find support groups for people in your situation. You will feel better and deal with this better if you can talk with others that are in your situation. Keep coming to this website because there are plenty of people taking care of parents with dementia. Has your father been examined by an MD and diagnosed with dementia?Also if this behavior is sudden has he been checked for an urinary tract infection? This kind of infection can happen a lot in older people and can cause sudden behavior changes,not saying that this is what is happening but at least you could rule this out as a cause.However, if he has been officially diagnosed with dementia it will only get worse,this is why you need to seek out a support group of people like yourself , to share ideas, get emotional support,to know what is coming.
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Since he can't see, those people and animals he "sees" are in his mind which is where the dementia is.
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