Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and obesity
Hi, I’m new to the group and grateful for its existence.
My 75 year old husband has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and weighs in at 300 lbs. He gets little exercise, as much as I can persuade, but he’s very weak. He is now very uncertain when walking, stopping every few steps to test the ground with his foot as if searching for a step, making even walking for exercise a challenge.
He’s generally pleasant but increasingly difficult to care for because he can’t follow directions, such as ‘lift your right arm’ and he’s way too big for me to move, nor does he want to move!
He’s up several times at night and I need to help him use the bathroom, get back in bed and get his CPAP mask on. It often takes some time since he can’t follow directions about getting in bed. He sits on the end of the bed and can’t navigate himself into a sleeping position.
I feel like I should be asking a clear question instead of venting, but all I can think of is “ how in the world do you do this?” Long term care is not affordable and I couldn’t do it anyway as long as he is able to enjoy our home.
Thanks for reading this.