Will he ever walk or talk again?

2 answers | Last updated: Oct 30, 2016
Mannix asked...

My husband is 72 years old and has had Parkinson's for about five years. On June 27, 2009 he had an aneurysm. Will this prevent him from ever walking talking or doing anything for himself that he used to? He is now in an extended care facility.


Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, I cannot tell from your letter if your husband will be able to walk or care for himself again. You mention he had an aneurysm, but you do not say if he had surgery to repair it or if he had a ruptured aneurysm. With the surgical repair, it will take 6 months for him to recooperate. If he had an aneurysm actually rupture, the damage to his brain may be permanent, and he may never improve. You should speak to your husband's health care practitioners about his prognosis, especially his neurologist. Hopefully, they can give you a better answer to your questions regarding his chances of recovery.

One last thought: The best way to see if he can walk or to do things for himself again would be to make sure he is getting enough Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy. It will take him awhile to build up his strength, but that is the best way to get him moving again.

Good luck.


Community Answers

Ladydawn answered...

According to my mother-in-law, during her first experience with physical therapy following her first knee replacement, she was told in PT that men need more encouragement to follow through with an exercies program or physical therapy after a serious event such as your husband has experienced. You may need to find the ways and the support to get him to keep at it.