Hi, I am a nursing student that has been a caregiver for a 78 yr. old elderly man for a year. His 9 children are completely out of the picture due to his difficult behaviors. I believe it's early stage Alzheimer's and latent mental illness that has never been treated (I get the distinct feeling he's bipolar and a huge reason the kids have left). He's now raging, crying and become violent with other caregivers. We managed to get so much done for him from new dentures to eye surgery in the hopes of making his life better. We are concerned about his safety and his memory decline. I have tried social services to get help and he refuses. We are trying to get him to a neurologist in hopes of getting him a MMSE and possibly meds for his memory and scary outbursts. He's refusing to go. We almost drove him to ER today due to a 3 hr. rage before getting him to an eye appointment that HE INSISTED we take him to. I've studied tons of abnormal psych and can only conclude his brain is being ravished by AD and his personality issues and/or possible mental illness are now at full throttle. The other scary issues is LOADED GUNS IN HOME. I have hidden them and he's raging about this, too. FYI he's in a wheelchair and also thinks he's still a gun instructor though he hasn't done this in over 4 years but insists he's also going to drive meanwhile he cannot walk unassisted. Any advice, please. We want to honor him staying in his home but we are truly terrified that if he doesn't get psych treatment now he'll be 302'd--and worse for being in the system. His one son says, "I want to stay out of it, I don't care if he dies".