I wasn't sure if this would be the right arena to put this thread in, but it is, in a way, about healthy living.
I can't be the only one out here on the BB that has elderly parents and is dealing with their issues. (I also have a teenage/college aged son - can anyone spell STRESS??? - but that's another thread altogether).
My Dad is 88, my mother 87. Dad was released from the hospital yesterday after going to emergency by ambulance on Saturday. He'd had a bad cold and had been coughing a lot. He said he had a pain in his stomach and wanted to go to the hospital. Long story short, he had pneumonia and the pain turned out to be a hematoma. We thought there was a mix up on his blood thinning medication, but today at his doctor's office, he said he had been working on a fence post in their yard and it hit him in the stomach. Four days in the hospital and that was the first we'd heard of it!
My Mom was diagnosed over the summer with subcortical vascular dementia. There are Alzheimer type symptoms, but it's not the same. She is taking Aerocept for it and at times seems to be much better. But whenever she is stressed, or out of her comfort zone (home), she seems easily agitated and just plain zoned out. She is definitely not the woman that raised me, not the woman she was even 5 years ago. She is more like a 4 or 5 year old in some respects. If I tell her something she doesn't like, she'll stick her tongue out at me! (like a child).
Anyway, I started this thread with the hope of seeing if others on the BB are going through "elder" issues and perhaps we can prop each other up now and then. Sometimes just sharing an issue here helps others and give others ideas of how to handle situations similar to theirs. That's what I'm hoping anyway.
So am I the only one here with elder issues? If not, let me know what you're dealing with and how you're dealing with it. Hopefully we can help each other!