Watching a loved one’s health deteriorate is painful. They attempt to do simple household things but can’t. They’re forgetful. They spiral into a deep depression, distance themselves from the world and refuse to leave their bed. Things they once loved no longer hold their interest.
It’s heart-wrenching to watch. It’s difficult not knowing how you can help.
And it’s even more difficult when it’s your parent.
Two years ago, Lisa watched her 94-year-old mother’s health decline. She had dementia, and it was progressing much faster than anyone expected. It progressed so quickly that she could no longer function on her own, refused to leave her bed most days, and disconnected herself from friends and family. The more she was alone, the more depressed she became.