My Dad was diagnosed with PD 14yrs ago. His only symptom was a off and on tremor in his hand. He was able to cope and function very well. Then hallucinations started, seeing things and people. He realized they weren't real and took it in his stride. Then the blank facial expression gradually appeared and an off and on drooling.
Through all this he was still Dad: could do things,,,carry on a conversation.
However, in the last 3yrs we've watched him decline even more. He's now 78yrs old and physically he's not bad. Fine motor skills seem to bring on the hand shaking,,,he's stooped over,,almost looking at the ground and sometimes I see a shuffle in his gait. Mentally, he's really lost ground.
He really can't carry on a conversation, at least with us.
Sometimes he talks better to the make believe people then with us. He can spend hours putting socks and shoes on and off or he'll change his clothes 3 times a day for no reason. If he becomes restless,,,,Mom knows it's going to be a bad day or night.
I could go on, but hope you get the picture. What I was wondering is if anyone knows if dementia is caused by PD or in my Dad's case,,,,just a natural progression with age. His meds have been changed through the years but there was never any significant improvement.
He's become a handful for my Mom and my 2 sisters and myself try to help out where we can,,,but if there are any caregivers here that can offer any tips, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Lorry