I did some research and found that a person must show significant impairment in at least two of the core mental functions to be diagnosed with dementia. Mike is showing impairment in four out of the five. He has deficit in all areas except visual perception.
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
I think we are embarking on a whole new world of care for my brother. My head is spinning trying to wrap around what comes next. Right now I just want to slow down, get as much information as I can and then take each day one at a time. My goal is for Mike to continue to live in his own home with support.
One thing that may be available if he has a clear diagnosis of dementia is additional assistance through Medicare. I don't know if it would qualify him for more in home help or not but I'm sure going to find out. Even if it is just help with his medications that would save me $100.00/month. Maybe later on we might be able to get additional help.
So, life goes on as a caregiver. I learn more every day and especially just how much I love my brother. I will do everything I can to make his life as good as I can.