My father, 82yrs old, had his quarterly checkup last week. I accompany him to his appointments and was fed up with the usual routine of keeping my mouth shut while he "showtimes". I took his doctor aside and explained his dementia was progressing and about his loss of balance. His doctor told him last appointment that he should be using a walker. He refuses. He uses a cane.
His doctor ordered an MRI for balance and presumably a dementia diagnosis, and an appointment with a neurologist. He ordered a consult with a physical therapist for balance issues. Also a prescription for Celexa for depression because he asked my father if he was depressed and he said yes. And a script for a walker.
Of course my father seemed compliant during his visit while the nurse made the appointments and arrangements. Two days later he said he would not take the MRI or see a neurologist, or the physical therapist, or take any antidepressant, or use a walker. He also refused a flu shot and said he wans't going to get one this year.
I can't reason with him. Theres no use. Where do I go from here? Just let the chips fall where they may? I'm the one taking caare of him. I am so very frustrated.