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Old 07-20-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Germantown, WI
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My mother who is 83 is suffering from Parkinson's and has had it about ll years. This is a very debilitating disease and sadly you get worse and worse. I'm wondering if anybody out there is dealing with a parent or loved one who has this and can share any thoughts/suggestions.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My father had it. He died at age 86 many years ago. He was on 2 meds that helped a lot. One of the first he was on made him sick to his stomach. If your mother is having that problem, her doc can change meds.

It was so hard to tell when my father was joking b/c he had the "Parkinson's mask" of unmoveable facial muscles. You had to look for the twinkle in his eye - and yes, it does exist! He also shuffled when he walked, it's almost like their feet are glued to the floor. We would take his arm to help him move better.

It is a sad thing to watch someone you love go through this. You have my sympathy.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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My grandfather got Parkinson's in his 80s also and died from it. I was young but remember his inability to walk well or move. It was horrible to see him like that but gladly today there are drugs that can help which wasn't the case 25 years ago when he passed away. Good luck to you!
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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There's probably a local Parkinson's Support Group in your area (check with his Neurologist if you can't find one).
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