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How to cope with your parent's Parkinson's diagnosis

... How to cope with your parent's Parkinson's diagnosis Parkinson's, independence, mobility Last year for Parkinson's Awareness Week we featured two stories from a father and daughter who shared their experience of one man's Parkinson's diagnosis and the impact it had on their family. Chris's father, ...

The plight of Parkinson's

... The plight of Parkinson's Parkinson's, guilt, communication, story In honour of Parkinson's Awareness Week 2013 we have a special story from the grandchild of Britain's leading 20th-century naval historian whose death marked the loss of a great man who gave his all as a naval officer ...

Caring for a father with Parkinson's

... Caring for a father with Parkinson's Parkinson's, eldercare, communication, carer, story This week's storyteller is Chris. Chris tells the sad story of his brilliant father's degeneration due to Parkinson's, and how the family managed his care with love and respect. My father ...

When helpers become the enemy

... When helpers become the enemy paranoia, cancer, parkinson's, story This week's storyteller is Sally.After years of being his wife's carer, Sally's father began to believe that everyone coming into his home wanted to poison him or steal his treasures. In this first part of ...

Helping your parents with toilet problems and incontinence

... of constipation as the bowel presses on the bladder. Functional incontinence. This is largely due to mobility issues or even conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's which can affect your parent's ability to recognise their need for going to the toilet or their ability to get to the ...

Mum refuses help - what can we do?

... up four children during the end of rationing and had always looked forward to retiring to the country. As time went on dad developed Parkinson's and moved to a care home where he eventually passed away. Mum was left alone in a cottage unsuited to her needs- ...

How to cope with sleep problems in the elderly

... of time can lead to parents lacking the energy to carry out everyday tasks and can even cause symptoms that mimic those of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. How much sleep does my parent need? According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists most adults need around 8 hours sleep ...

Age and swallowing problems - how speech therapy helps

... difficulty with swallowing would be those with, for example: late stage dementia learning difficulties progressive neurological disorders (later stages) such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease and Multiple sclerosis. Physical. The cognitive aspect of swallowing is only one aspect of the process. ...

Talking about death over dinner

... tension surrounding discussing the topic of death. We've tended to skirt around the subject more often than not, ever since dad died from Parkinson's several years ago. Having one parent left, living alone, with health that has been known to decline at a rapid rate ...

Tips for travelling with ageing parents

... long distances. TrainsWhy travel by train? There's spacious seating and it's more comfortable than air travel for anyone struggling with arthritic joints or Parkinson's, and the scenery is better too! Often non-express tickets are much cheaper than direct travel and offer a slow rate of travel ...