My dad is 89 and was diagnosed with alzhiemer's this year. His wife died back in May and he has been one lost soul since then.
I live out of state and have visited him 4 times this year. Each time, I have been able to tell that he is declining more and more.
My step-sister lives here and is his Durable and Medical POA. She's doing a great job and has people staying with my dad 24/7 in three shifts. She told me tonight that his memory is getting worse and wrose and his anger is increasing also. He can walk around very slowly with the help of a cane, but he needs a walker which he refuses.
He wants to stay in his home as long as he can, but we are not sure now that he could even go to assisted living given how much help he needs throughout the day and how declined his mind is.
When we visited this morning, he acted like he was not all that excited to see us, ( me, my wife, and our two sons) which is far different that our experience of him back in October. We had hoped that he would go out ot eat with us tonight with my step-siblings and their spouses, but he was not up to it. However, he normally goes out to eat with us when we come and he is able to go out with other people at other times who take him out. Now that it has turned cold, he is not very excited about getting out.
We went back after supper and gave him his Christmas present. He was awake but still in his bed. He was glad to see us and we made it a short visit.