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7/31/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. I am starting this journal to help to let Dolores’ friends and loved ones know a little more about her condition. Dolores is in the late stages of Parkinson’s Disease complicated by Lewy Body Dementia. What does this mean for Dolores?
Her will to do things on her own is strong but her actual ability to do them is not. She requires help with all aspects of her personal care.
Somedays she stays in her pajamas all day! Now that doesn’t sound too bad.
She still like to read the newspaper and occasionally cuts out or draws attention to things that interest her or someone she may remember.
She likes company even when it’s short visits. She has a neighborhood cat that comes for a snack and stay for a visit. He comes up and rubs on her just to let her know he’s there.
There are few if any tremors apparent but hallucinations are constant. “We have “lots of people” passing through.
She uses a walker and tries her best to help herself be more mobile, although she often is unstable while walking.
She manages to get a few words out now and then but is not always able to hold a cognitive conversation.
She still enjoys vegetables and some fruit, although her appetite is not as hearty as it used to be. If given the choice between prepared meals and junk food, she will usually choose junk food. I guess we all do to some extent.
Prayers and well wishes are welcome. Anyone who might have a fond memory is encouraged to share, either here or with her when you visit!