My husband's dementia is progressing, after a stroke. He seems better in the morning, then is more confused and unpleasant later in the day and evening.
He could go a whole day without saying one word. Our conversations almost always start with me saying something. Even then he may not reply and says, "I heard you" when I ask hime to respond - - that's it!
He was a scholar with many, many accomplishments both academically and personal. He was my friend and soulmate. Now so much is gone and I have a hard time being sweet and encouraging when I no longer get anything from him, emotionally or physically.
I think just having a place to vent will be helpful. I have too much respect for him to talk to friends/relatives about his specific issues. Everyone lives far enough away, so they do not experience his present mental state. He is still able to do so much for himself and is nowhere near the point where outside help would be appropriate. And he thinks he is just fine.
This is a lonely life and whatever years I have left must be spent with him, as long as he needs me. I know he would take 100% care of me if I were the one to be in his situation.