Dad's Downward Slide
The Downward Slide and Relocation to Los Angeles
Dad was officially diagnosed with Parkinsons in about September 2009. He had been manifesting symptoms for at least 4 years prior to that, but he was stubborn about talking about it.
After Mom died, my Sister and I insisted he get a medical evaluation. Unfortunately, the evaluation confirmed our fears, and Dad was diagnosed with the condition in 2009.
For the next 4 years, Dad continued to try and live independently. However, he did not do a great job, and he maintained bad habits including drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, not getting physical activity, and eating a poor diet. I wish he had taken a more aggressive posture towards the condition; then again, the man had just lost his lifetime spouse, and I think like so many people in that position he needed time to figure out who he was, what worked, and what didn't work. But he wasn't blessed with the luxury of time.
After multiple, progressively worse incidents that continued to debilitate him, in June 2012, he suffered a major fall and was on the ground in his home for 2 days before he was contacted. This did a number on his mobility and mental faculties.
My Sister swiftly came to his aid, as she had done so many times before ( love you Wendi), and she put his affairs in order, and relocated him to Bend, Oregon, where he began to reside in an assisted living facility. However, this was not an ideal location for him, and with a bit of legal luck, I was able to get Dad social security disability, as well as a retroactive amount, and with that, relocate Dad to be near me in Los Angeles.
I would be able to be with him from May 2013 until December 1, 2017. For that I am eternally grateful.