I've been caring for my 81 year old father who has Parkinson's since he moved in with me in March. I was wondering if there are others caring for someone with Parkinson's who can give me an idea of what to expect and maybe some helpful tips.
My dad's current symptoms are shuffling, freezing, tremors, weakness, occasional trouble swallowing and incontinence. He needs help with pretty much everything. He has a lot of anxiety and is easily upset. When he gets anxious, his condition gets much worse - he can barely move and he loses bladder control. It's really sad to see him deteriorate like this, he was fit and healthy his whole life.
I'm really happy I found this group. I've been reading the threads and can relate to many of them. I don't have any help and feel very isolated sometimes.
Thanks for listening!
Hello dm and welcome to the AARP discussion boards! You have elegantly stated your situation with your father and he is fortunate that he has such an empathetic caregiver in you. I don't have the specific experience to answer your questions but I feel certain there is someone here who can help along those lines. You have probably done research over the net and are looking for experience that hits closer to home.
Until an experienced resource comes along with a response, I have listed some online resources for your convenience. Good luck to you and your father! ~ Mimi
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War With Honour, 1940 ~ A.A. Milne