My name is Alison - this is my first time on this forum, so Hello!
My Dad was recently diagnosed with dementia as well as a chronic subdural haematoma, which is bleeds on his brain.
We are still in the process of getting the right help from the NHS but things are finally, all be it very slowly, moving along.
At the moment the signs my Dad is showing are as follows:
Shuffling, rather than walking
A tendancy to switch off
Not hearing properly
Has trouble retaining details but still very good at maths, but he was always extremely good at maths.
He can remember things that have been of a great interest to him in life for years but day to day words and names of things he is not so good at.
He has become obsessive with checking the prices of goods.
He has started to eat very quickly, even shovelling sweets into his mouth in shops then denying he has done this. Just this week he stole a magazine but denyed doing it.
He is quite often confused by day to day conversations but won't admit this.
He has always been a very private person and is starting to lose those inhibitions.
My Mom is struggling to cope with him already, and finds herself getting very angry - and although that is understandable I am aware this is really not helping things.
I really would like to find out any advice for her, for my Dad and how the rest of the family can help and would appreciate any useful suggestions/shared experiences/advice.
Thank you all very much.