My dad has some dementia (sun-downing) in the evenings, generally not too bad... he does repetitive movements, kinda becomes internal, normally doesn't say much... and I, generally, can talk him through these, distract or scratch his back or gently massage his hands, along with other tricks...
Well, tonight, my dad had a very long dementia episode, and he was really, really! scared (so was I). He kept asking, what's wrong with me...what's wrong with my brain. I have always been a straight-shooter and never lied to my parents...they like the truth and so do I! All I could muster is gently telling him he's getting older and our minds change and our bodies age...yet you're doing pretty good, dad...and all your affairs are going well, really...he kept at it though...asking me over and over...I went through my bag of tricks and nothing worked...finally, he kinda wore himself out, and wanted to go to bed. Whew. Yet maybe it will happen again....what will I say then??
He's hardly on any meds (BP) and has a very clean diet. Maybe there is something out there that won't turn him into a zombie, and yet help only during these episodes so he's not in any anxiety (like tonight--so intense!)?
I plan on talking to his doctor about a PRN tomorrow, yet thought I'd ask about other's experiences... Thanks for reading, listening!!