My sweet, passive Dad changes
Everyone in town knew my Dad as a sweet, passive man who volunteered, especially with the elderly. About 15 years ago, he began to change; we joked that he was finally getting assertive. Assertive turned into aggressive. He was diagnosed at the University of Oklahoma’s Neurological Department with Lewy Body Dementia. He also had arthritis and between the two he progressively got more dependent on caregiving. Towards the end he got very violent and it was heartbreaking. I would not want anyone to go through what we went through; especially alone. I hope we can establish more support groups, more research studies and more education of medical personnel to help LBD patients and their caregivers.
Aug 11, 2010