My father seems to be showing signs of dementia. What help can I give him, and are there any support groups?

Question by squidswife97: My father seems to be showing signs of dementia. What help can I give him, and are there any support groups?
He forgets to turn things off. He’s making very irrational decisions concerning money ( He spent 10 grand on a piano, another 5 grand repairing it, yet claims he can’t afford hearing aids, or catarack surgery) He can’t remember how old I am, how old my daughter is. He can’t even remember being at her birth. During a conversation, he asks the same questions over and over again, because he doesn’t remember asking them. He’s also bi polar, and manic depressive. He refuses to go in for an evaluation. What can I do?

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Answer by anoldmick
You can’t do anything as long as he is legally recognized as an independent adult. If his behavior has negatively impacted you personally, or minor children that you’re responsible for, then you are obligated by law to report him to adult protective services. They will see to it that he is properly evaluated and if necessary, treated.

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