MY LO with parkinsons has mood changes .
He seems to find fault with every thing .
He will start with the simplest of things like I only asked you a question .Why are you telling me what I did not ask .Then he works himself into a outburst and goes on and on .Is this parkinsons or Dementia .Has anyone experienced this .
I'm also having difficulty with the expected flow of conversations and no longer enjoy chatting. I can't think of the word I want to use, my voice is not as good as it used to be, and sometimes I forget what the topic is. Anyone else hate to talk on the phone?
My dad is 10+ years into Parkinsons and the dementia is really kicking in. Although I live 6 hours away, I try to visit at least twice a month. Recently I've seen significant changes, especially with short term memory. I wonder if it's part of the PD or just being 82. Really tough on my mom. Currently taking donepezil. He too has difficulty following long conversations.
In response to the question is it PD or Dementia? It could be that Dementia can be part of PD for some folks. I have very few physical signs of PD, but cognitive functions have been declining way before my PD Dx. One of the things I find is that I cannot follow long detailed conversations & become annoyed with my caregiver's explanations. Also since I lose words I no longer can maintain a conversation without going off the original topic. Hope this helps. I'll be nicer to my caregiver thanks to your sharing.
@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member, Part of the problem is loss of control. Harold was more patient than earlier, but he also was forced to depend on others much more. It is frustrating to make those changes because of health!