How can I best comfort him? He told me, before he was diagnosed, that knowing he had ALZ would only depress him, so we call it memory problems, and try to joke about them or ignore them. He has progressed to stage 5. He can go for walks by himself, and usually finds his way home with no trouble.
A few times lately, he has wandered into the next town, and called on his cell because he has no idea where he is. I get him to find a street sign or two, and a business name, then I google it to find him, and go pick him up. Some people might feel that this is too risky, but we live in a very safe area, and his ability to walk out of the house is very precious to him, and I believe that it is still safe for a little longer.
The problem is that he is noticing that he gets lost. He talks about landmarks that disappear, change, or reappear in front of him. He wants to know what is wrong with him. Well, I know, but I've tried to tell him a few times in the past, and it doesn't go well. How do you think I should handle his awareness? What could a doctor say to him?
I have set up an appointment with a geriatrician, as a first step towards seeing a geriatric psychiatrist. Since he started worrying about his mind, he has stopped worrying about a cousin who probably didn't really steal from him 40 years ago. That is a relief, since he was talking about getting a gun. There is no gun here, nor is there a nearby gun shop.
It was easier when he was denying that there was anything wrong! What can I do?