My dad is in a nursing facility. He started out in the self-care section and in less than one year after moving in, he was moved to frail-care. The reason is that his joints, we are told, are so stiff, he cannot move in the morning and falls over. I have read a lot on the pills he is taking to calm him down for his dementia, which is Zoxadon (Respiredal) and Alzam, suggested by the facility and prescribed by his doctor. The side-effects are muscle stiffness and shakiness etc. He now also shakes a lot. We visited yesterday and noticed him dragging his foot behind him with the carer and we thought he had a stroke. I phoned the facility this morning and were told it was not a stroke, but arthritis, or possibly blood circulation. We, my sister and I visit him once or twice weekly and it is so hard to see this once very independent very fit 87 year old deteriorate to this extent. I am thinking of getting him 'natural' medication to help for the stiffness for example Magnesium or something similar. Any ideas or suggestions would help. Thank you in advance.