My mum was diagnosed with early onset PD in her mid 40s. Now, nearly 60, she has done remarkably well at controlling this and not letting it affect her life. She had to give up driving and take early retirement quite quickly due to the symptoms and nature of her job. Her health has deteriorated more so in the last 5 years and unfortunately in July 2015, we lost our Dad and she lost her husband of 40 years extremely suddenly and in a horrible way.
Since then, she has lost stones in weight and her condition has started to take over her life. She experiences awful freezes and stuck moments, panic attacks and anxiety and has lost stones in weight. It has gotten to the point that I have to stay the night with her as much as possible or she stays with me. And if she does try to stay on her own, she calls me to go over until her freeze or panic attack passes.
I have two babies under 4 and I also work part time. I am feeling overwhelmed by it all and I am seeking support or advise on all of the above, particularly the anxiety and panic attacks.
I know that it is killing my mum inside that our roles are reversed and she relies heavily on me daily. She was the matriach of the family and her pride is hurt. She thinks she is too young for support groups but I think I might have talked her into going to one next month. Her problem is accepting the change and admitting she can't do what she used to do and also find ways to entertain herself but she is so low and her grief so raw, I just feel helpless. I feel like I have lost her as much as I've lost my Dad.
Any help or advise would be much appreciated.