How do you handle the mental changes of Parkinson's disease?
My husband was diagnosed about 15 years ago. Progress of PD was slow at first, but the tremors got worse and about 3 years ago he had a stimulator implanted and the tremors are 100% under control. Two years he felt the need to take early retirement because he felt he couldn't do his job. What worries me most now is his mental state. I see more and more symptoms piling up--confusion, inability to take his meds on his own, short term memory problems, REM sleep disorder. He's just not the same man who was the director of an Engineering Dept. and able to make decisions, and remember the decisions. I think I'm slowly getting used to all of this, but I find that I'm angry, alot. Frustrated, and tired beyond any fatigue I've ever felt. I have suffered from low grade depression for most of my life, so that definitely doesn't help in this matter. Any suggestions? Has anyone been in this situation and how did you handle it? The doctors recognize his problems and put him on excelon. Wish I had a patch to help me cope. I know that there are alot of you coping with a lot more than I am. Any suggestions are welcome.