My dad retired recently and he is in his early 70's. I do not know if it is because he has more free time or because he has a condition, but his paranoia is getting worse. He spends a lot of time every day reading conspiracy theories. He is very intelligent, yet it seems the more outrageous the conspiracy theory he finds the more likely he is to believe it, without even double checking the facts.
What scares me is that he has a collection of (legal) rifles, but now he wants to keep them around the house (with ammo) rather than in a cabinet like he used to. The conspiracy theories seem to have him convinced that at some point our house will be raided and he needs to be ready to defend himself. His eyesight and hearing are getting worse; I'm worried that he might not recognize one of us at some point and make a fatal mistake. And besides that, we have family that visits with young children, I'm afraid of them coming across the firearms.
He has always had OCPD but it is getting worse. He never handled the money (that has always been my mom's job) and he has always been irresponsible with it, but he is taking it to new heights, blowing hundreds and hundreds of dollars at a time without even seeing if there is enough to pay the bills. His memory for names has never been good either, and it is only getting worse.
I'm not sure if this is Alzheimer's or just his personality getting more severe as he gets older. I'm really stressed out and I really could use some suggestions.
Sorry if this isn't the right area to post but I didn't know here else to.