8 yrs. ago we noticed that my mom, until then perfectly healthy, was bending over from the waist and shuffling her feet when she walked and she was losing some wt. without trying. I tried to get her to go to Dr. for 3 yrs but she wouldn't go. She continued to lose wt. slowly and consistently. I was wondering if she was scared to go to Dr. thinking it might be cancer but finally she went and the Dr. said she had Parkinson's but totally ignored the fact that by now she had lost almost 30lbs. The neuro Dr. started her on Sinemet and gradually increased the dose. Poor mom suffered severe nausea and some vomiting from the med which got better. He kept increasing the med as her symptoms decreased but no one did anything about her wt. loss. Then 1 day she began to hallucinate and become confused. Both of these increased until just the other day when she went out of the house, lost, confused as to time and date. Police were called and she was taken to hospital. She couldn't tell you the date (1916) or where she was or why she was there but did know me. They added Seroquel to her meds and she was in hospital being evaluated for almost 2 wks. Now they say she has dementia. How can you progress from healthy 9 yrs ago to Parkinson to dementia? Can anyone please help me? My father is in total denial. I have gotten them in memory care unit at assisted liv. facility where my father hates it and me for putting them there. He had been in hospital and rehab before and after her hospitalization so I was running between the 2 trying to take care of them while I have disabling back pain 24/7 and fibromyalgia. I have put myself on the back burner and just about killed myself trying to take care of them but I'm mentally falling apart now. My dad's mad at me, my mom's so confused and it's all hitting me. I have no support system except my husband and need to get POA for my parent's financial and health decisions. I'm physically in pain 24/7 and just don't know how to keep going or how all this happened so fast.