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I say this with respect as I would dislike someone forcing there will onto me. Albeit it might lengthen my life.
I am a retired palliative care nurse & have a husband with Lewy Body Dementia & now Pakinson's. I have exhausted myself trying to force onto him what I know will be beneficial. He then becomes combative & depressed. I now work with what he wants for his end of life Thinking of you at this time.
My bf's mom is in the same situation, just recently diagnosed, and she just kind of acts like everything is no big deal when we're concerned about her eating habits, lack of movement, and absurd sleep habits. I'm interested in what others are experiencing with their PD parents.
Check out danceforparkinsons.org, or google Dance for Parkinson's if the link is deleted. It's a movement begun by professional dancers who wanted to reach out to people with movement disorders. I watched a PBS special and was so taken by the effects that just moving to the rhythm of music had on people with PD. It was very emotional.
The movement has spread, nationwide to worldwide. Watch the video on the website. If you can't get to a class, a DVD might help. Do the movements with your mother, and try them out with some of her favorite songs.
And beyond that, I think in many ways we think of elders who aren't caring for themselves as a unique population group, when in reality there are many younger people destroying their health by engaging in similarly unhealthy behaviors.
So I'm wondering if a common denominator could reach both population groups? If so, perhaps (beyond the dance groups) maybe there's a different way to reach people who've lost interest in caring for themselves. Just thinking out loud here.....
But perhaps you could also start with something simple, to her favorite music. Maybe just having a cup of coffee or tea or good healthy meal with her favorite music in the background. Music can work miracles.