Hi, I'm looking for some advice and info. My Dad is 65 and for the last 3 years (at least) he has had Emphysema. He is a very private man and was once very fit and had a physical job so it's been difficult for him to accept. I would say he has advanced stages as he has been hospitalised recently with Pneumonia and gets every cold going. He retired in August and cannot walk more than a few steps without requiring his inhaler. He uses a nebuliser also. Certain days are worse than others, he puts this down to the pollen count, I'm not so sure that's the only reason.
I feel helpless as I live an hour away, work and have a 14 month old. If anyone has practical advice or an approach I could take that will make him feel empowered and needed I would be so appreciative. He has said he thinks he is a burden (of course he isn't) and I think his mental health is being affected by this debilitating disease. I really just want to be encouraging and suggest ways of enjoying his retirement without seeming like a nag. Thank you for reading!