My father is just turning 100! In January, he had a health crisis involving swallowing a large piece of steak. Prior to that he lived alone (drove until he was 99), cooked for himself, managed his financial affairs and was very alert and independent. He didn't choke on the steak but it required an endoscopy & full sedation to remove it from his esophagus. He was in ICU for over a week and had severe hospital psychosis while there & in SNF. He was in a rehab unit for another 3 weeks, over all losing 27 pounds and a lot of physical strength. But the worst part is he has never recovered his mental clarity. We have moved him to a board and care home for memory care with nursing and therapies brought in. His mental state has deteriorated, he recognizes us but talks constantly about "crazy" scenarios he takes part in - delusions for lack of a better description & has visual hallucinations. There are occasionally brief flashes of reality, which only throw you off from "living" in his reality. Maybe because all this came on so fast, it has been doubly hard for my husband & I to process. His doctors have not been encouraging that he will ever recover from this. Somehow the slow, years long progression of Alzheimer's seems like it would allow you to gradually adjust to the changes in personality and behavior. I find every visit with him unbearable sad, but want him to feel supported, loved and secure. Am wondering if anyone else has encountered this type of rapid onset of dementia and how have you dealt with it personally and with your loved one?