Hi I am a carer for my Dad, share with my sister my Mum had Alzheimer's too, sadly also had pancreatic cancer which took her from us in April this year, they were married for over 55 years. Dad is 78 and lives in own house, physically fit especially for age we are with him every day and evening. The main problems are obviously memory related no idea what day it is and constantly repeats every question on a 5 minute cyclical basis. He was in car trade retired over 20 years ago and still has a car which he cannot drive as DVLA revoked his license, cannot sell as believe would upset him too much.
We have had to get a blank key for it(old mercedes) as causes too much aggro if we hide or take keys. He has no interest other than golf (very occasionally play usually not interested) and going out for lunch so when left on own (odd hour in day) he goes into garage to start car, which surprisingly blank key won't turn ignition, then searches all drawers finding every key to try and resolve problem. He then gets confused and starts on front then back door trying every key, getting more and more upset, phones constantly even though try to placate only solution is to go round with proper keys for car and prove it does start, this depresses him more because cannot understand how I can start and he cant. We cannot leave keys as sure he would drive car as would forget he was banned. Anyone else have similar, although it is mainly car key problem house keys cause him anxiety always checking he has them when at my house.
Sorry so long winded post, but wanted to give full story, today he made himself feel ill by getting so worked up !!! appreciate any advice , comments