Hi there, my Dad Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about a year ago but had tremors for some time before that. His condition has worsened quite a bit in the last 6 months and he’s become very depressed and frustrated. He was very sporty throughout his life, played football, squash, golf etc and he’s 81 years old and used to be a successful business man working as an accountant for Total Oil for over 30 years. He worked from the bottom up and hails from Lambeth, London. He was in the army for national service in Kenya.
The thing is, he’s so opposed to any suggestions to help him lately. He frequently says he wants to die and it’s becoming very hard to watch my Dad get so down. He just doesn’t want to go out, except I persuaded him to start walking up and down his road in the last week which we’ve done 3/4 times to help increase his mobility as he’s had some falls and is very unsteady at times. He has a panic alarm.
He has a carer that he pays for come in Mon to Fri morning and night to help out as he’s refused me being his carer as he finds this humiliating.
I had an idea that if I could find someone on here with similar interests that I could get him a tablet device to arrange a Skype call so that he could talk to someone about the condition and frustrations and maybe this would help him not feel so isolated. He cancelled his newspaper subscription because I think the news was depressing him more and one of his eyes has started drooping but I have noticed he’s reading books again thankfully.
If I can find someone on here who loves football and is of a similar age who has Parkinson’s I plan to set up a FaceTime or Skype type video call and explain to my Dad that I want him to talk to someone and to please give it a chance and then make sure I leave the tablet on a stand and see what happens (i’d go). He may be very rude and just cut the call but I have to try as it could go the other way and he makes a connection with someone whose in the same boat as him.
So if there’s anyone out there in their 70-80’s who has perhaps any of the similar background to my Dad i’d really appreciate it if you could reply so that I can try this out?
I just want to help him in some way.