My father would be a intelligent man. He used to be a doctor. He had been working very hard his entire life up to the age of 78. At the age of 82 all of a sudden he was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia.
He was a war victim. When he was 17 his parents' house was deteriorated by a bomb V2. His sister died and after a while his mother was said to die from grief. He, in hindsight, realized his mother probably had contracted the Illness of Pick,. She was not even 60 when she died.
Due to these circumstances in his youth he got depressed at the age of 43. He collapsed completely.
He got an ever lasting cough, wanted someone to help him, but nobody could. He consulted shrinks and went to a mental clinic. When he started to take prozac, things gradually ameliorated. But he never fully recovered. He kept on reading psychological and philosophical books and kept looking for answer.
He was an introvert, a person with a kind character and wouldn't hurt anyone.
4 years ago, he couldn't stand his everlasting cough any longer and wanted to have some extra medication.
He was prescribed lyrica which triggered his dementia. In one month's time he wasn't able to read properly anymore and changed into a zombie. At first the doctor gave him Haldol which reduced him to a person without any dignity, losing saliva. He wanted to die and several times tried to kill himself. We are still fighting for him to have a valuable lifetime but we have the impression that nobody can help him or us.
His behavior is disturbing for people. He coughs out loud, reiterates, repeats words all the time, can't establish normal contacts... Who can help him? Even the home for elderly people doesn't want to take care of him any longer. We are desperate.
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