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(5,183 posts)
Mon May 20, 2024, 05:49 PM May 20

Parkinson's Disease dementia? Coping with long-time friend's fears.

Friend of 75 yrs has had Parkinson's Disease at least 5-7 yrs; intelligent, widowed, no children, few relatives; living now in assisted living with 2 full-time caregivers. Has called me twice since Thursday saying she is dying. After first call I went to her facility and met her walking down hall to play bingo! I accompanied her and stayed about 1/2 hr. I asked her if she remembered calling me; she replied yes. I didn't pursue the topic. My daughter, who drove me, had been told that my friend has "episodes" of this type.
I care for my friend and would want to be there for her, though as a senior with health and mobility problems it is difficult to respond to such requests on a short notice.
Am interested in hearing DU'ers experience and advice in these circumstances. Thanks for listening.

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Parkinson's Disease dementia? Coping with long-time friend's fears. (Original Post) No Vested Interest May 20 OP
All you can do is to continue to be marybourg May 20 #1
I went through 10 years of dementia, assisted living care with my mother. 3Hotdogs May 20 #2

3Hotdogs

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2. I went through 10 years of dementia, assisted living care with my mother.
Mon May 20, 2024, 06:01 PM
May 20

Possible responses. Find the health care nurse or whoever. Explain what is happening and ask if you are able to call that office to verify that there is nothing going on that needs immediate attention and that there have been no significant changes in her health.

Does she have a relative that is in charge of her affairs?

I am surprised your friend has phone access now. That may have to be restricted to incoming calls.

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