He was, a year ago, going downhill. He couldn't seem to dress himself, couldn't speak understandably, wouldn't bathe. However, in the last year, his MD changed his Xanax to half-dose 3 X day instead of full dose twice a day, and he has stabilized. He needs the Xanax because of his extreme anxiety.
Now he's able to dress himself (mostly - still buttons crookedly), he can walk without a cane or walker. We can also converse and make sense.
Yet he can no longer write, everything electronic doesn't work for him, he even can't figure out how to dial the phone, get a cup of coffee from the Keurig. He has always enjoyed reading emails, Facebook, and news headlines, but can no longer access them. He can put in a DVD and run it. He has short term memory problems leading to arguments over whether I told him or not. He also has this terror that I'm going to leave him. He thinks I've left every time I leave for an hour or two, forgetting I went to get groceries, or to a meeting with friends.
His MD says his problems all come from his meds. While I enjoy the respite from full-time caregiving, I'm wondering if I see things that aren't there, or if this up-tick is only temporary. The MD says of course he's getting older! He (and I ) should expect some changes.
So my question is: Does he have dementia of some form? Or am I so afraid he does that I see it where it is not present? BTW, he's 82.