What do I do if my parent needs help with his healthcare?
My 79 year old father lives close. He's independent although his mental faculties have been declining for some time. He still drives (even though I think he should have stopped 10 years ago. No accidents yet however). I'm convinced he's one of the most stubborn on the planet, probably because he still sees himself as a 20 year old man who doesn't need help. He had an MRI on the brain for a herditary condition. I asked the Dr. if there were any signs of Alzheimer's or dementia & to my surprise he said no. However my father is more & more forgetful. Even to the point of forgetting his sentences frequently. He has several health conditions. He refuses to let me go to the Dr. with him, because of course he can take care of himself. Even though he doesn't ask questions and can't remember what the Dr. told him. We just discovered he was having serious medication side effects for a year and a half & never told his Dr. He does not like making phone calls and misplaces phone numbers anyway. He needs my help with his healthcare but absolutely refuses help. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.