I'm new here. My dad is 91 and was diagnosed with Parkinsonism maybe 7 years ago. His latest neurologist says his Parkinsonism may be PSP. He can no longer walk, even assisted on both sides because his legs are permanently contracted in a crossed position. His other worst symptoms are asthma and episodes of dementia. When the asthma and dementia occur together, he fights his caregiver who tries to put on his nebulizer mask to deliver the albuterol medication so he can breath. All the agitation of course makes the asthma much worse and he's truly in danger of not being able to breath at all. The episodes usually happen in the middle of the night. During the day, the nebulizer mask is no problem.
Does anyone else have experience with asthma or fighting the caregiver? At times my dad has apologized after hitting the caregiver. He must be mortified because it's so out of character for him.
Just a bit more about us. My dad lives with my mom (who has Alzheimer's) in a senior condo and has 24 hour private care. I'm there at the condo every day from lunchtime until after supper. My dad is usually able to greet me and respond briefly when I ask him how he's doing. Otherwise, he doesn't talk very much. His voice is so quiet you can barely hear it. The caregiver and I get out for a walk every day with my parents in good weather. We just got a great new wheelchair for Bones, a Quickie Tilt in Space. During the day, he mostly watches the television and the bird/squirrel feeder. Usually he can feed himself, but is needing a bit more help with that lately. Sometimes he turns dinner into a science experiment and just plays with it. My best days are when I can get him to smile.
Thanks for listening and for any input. Have a wonderful day!