This week I brought my dad back to NY and admitted him into the NYS Veterans Home at Montrose. It was a very difficult decision for me and my brothers, however, over the course of the last three weeks his confusion, wandering and hallucinations increased to the point I needed to get 24 hour care for him at the assisted living.
My dad was officially diagnosed with Parkinson's Dementia on 9/26/17, although, we really didn't need the official diagnose as I saw it since his fall. The neurologist actually believes the flu he had in February accelerated the dementia.
Unfortunately for my dad, he still has moments of being lucid and realizes he is "locked in" on his ward as they can't have him wandering. In his moments of being lucid he is my old dad, however, then he goes into the confusion state. It is very sad as he was independent before the fall and now, although he thinks he can care for himself, he has difficulty with daily living skills.
On a positive note, the VA Home is wonderful. The staff has been wonderful to him and the facility is so clean! The facility is actually state run and because my dad was commissioned and started his army career in West Point, I was able to get him admitted. A very interesting twist and I believe it was meant to be. We are 30 minutes from him and also 20-30 minutes from West Point depending on traffic so I can take him there to see my mom's grave and hopefully a football game or any other activity. If anyone is in the area and visiting West Point he is just a stone's throw away and would love a visit!
He doesn't have internet access and even if he did I am not sure he has the capacity to check his emails. If possible could you add me to the Class of 55 email list and then I could share the emails with him.
My address is -
8 Tina Drive
Mahopac, NY 10541
If any of his classmates would want to send him a card and a line or two how they are doing it would be great. I could then bring them to him.
As I said, this has been a very emotional time for my dad, myself, and my brothers who are in Texas and Tennessee. Please keep my dad on your prayer list.
Annamarie Zaborowski Marasco
7 October 2017
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