Hello, my Dad is 77 and was diagnosed with PD in Sept last year. He has probably had it for quite a few years as he was misdiagnosed with an essential tremor. He has been on medication since then and hasn’t had any follow up. His symptoms are mainly the tremor in his arm but I have noticed that he is starting to shuffle as he walks and also his fine motor skills are not great. The problem is that he is in total denial about having PD, he refuses to talk about it, gets angry if anyone mentions it and refuses any offer of help. My mum is stressed out with it and has high blood pressure. He has become very grumpy and aggressive, not physically but he never used to argue with my mum but now has a go at her for silly reasons and blames her for stuff. Neither of my parents are fit to look after their large house and larger garden but he refuses to get any help in, and this just makes my mum distressed and knackered as she tries to keep on top of things. Is this normal? I know it came as a shock to him but he seems to think it isn’t true and even says he wished he hadnt gone to the consultant.
Also, he is still driving, and he really really shouldn’t. His eyesight isn’t great and he won’t wear glasses, he denies that he has any issue with his driving but I wouldn’t get in the car with him. Should he have told the DVLA that is has Parkinson’s? Is he still insured if he hasn’t? I really don’t think he would tell them as he would be scared they will take his licence off him. Its a nightmare,
So if anyone has any advice or can tell me how to approach it, bearing in mind that he just won’t talk about it! Thank you