New to caring for dementia
I'm at a loss as to how to deal with caring for my father. He is in complete denial that he has memory problems. He also seems to have something that I'm not sure I've heard about with dementia patients. He has displacement of location and has created this alternate world where he has explained away things. For example, he thinks he has houses in another state where he lived most of his life and that he goes there often to take care of the places for a company. He thinks he has seen people that he has not in years. He is still driving and I don't know how to stop him. His wife has taken his car just to keep him from going out but that is temporary and he becomes upset by it. He seems to drive fine, but does get disoriented. We have his phone tracked and his car as well but that is not a solution. I've not gotten power of attorney but I'm considering this before he gets worse. He has good moments where I think oh he is doing great and then he brings up something that is completely false and impossible, I have a hard time believing anything that he says. I'm trying to learn to just go with it and not try to correct him but it's difficult.
I'm also dealing with an upcoming transplant for me so my cup is running over! I feel like the medical community just put their hands up and say there is not much that can be done about dementia. His neurologist just prescribes some Namenda and is done until the next refill. Has anyone actually had some results from doctors in slowing progression or is the treatment to try to deal with the side effects of dementia. Thanks for reading!